About This Event
San Diego Innovates is a series about industries that San Diego is leading the charge in and how you can land a job in the booming job market. This first event focuses on Cybersecurity.
In this new digital world, the job demand in cybersecurity has exploded. From the large financial institutions, to the insurance companies, to the government agencies, everyone needs cyber security to identify the changing nature of IT threats and to protect consumer information.
Come join us and our panel of experts to learn more about the Cybersecurity landscape in San Diego, what a cybersecurity job entails, and whether this is the career suited for you.
About the Instructors
Head of Engagement,
Vanessa Miranda is an advocate for community-centered movements that engage change around diversity and inclusion, understanding data ownership and privacy, and practicing mindfulness in cybersecurity. Specializing in IT and cybersecurity consulting, digital marketing, and tech-oriented events for diverse communities, Vanessa has built #WomeninSTEM communities that have exceeded strong presences across San Diego County and Southern California.
Vanessa possesses a strong influence through her previous Marketing and Managing Director role with Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology, as well as her previous Vice President role with Latina Geeks, a nonprofit organization with chapters across the western United States specializing in creating an organizational culture to support women in technology, while also fostering global citizens and powerful agents of change here in the United States.
Having launched two non-profit organizations in San Diego for Girls in Tech and Latina Geeks, Vanessa has executed over 50 in-person and virtual events with strategic partnerships with Amazon, Microsoft, ESET, Tealium, PetDesk, Cox Communications, Measurabl, UC San Diego Extension, Nutanix, NBC 7 Studios, and more. Her San Diego chapter specifically was recognized by the California State Senate and the City of San Diego for leading technical workshops and being the only organization in San Diego serving Latinas in Tech.
Pursued by her passions, Vanessa launched a digital book club, Let’s Get Lit, to encourage members to read books that challenge and inspire them to think and act boldly. She has hosted two New York Times Best-Selling authors, Mikki Kendall and Maria Hinojosa, during her virtual book readings. As an advocate for BIPOC-owned businesses, Vanessa partners with bookstores across the nation to encourage investing in your local communities.
As for her career expertise, Vanessa has a strong background in project management, non-profit leadership, and partnership development, and is responsible for driving digital transformation and community strategies for Cyber Collective. Vanessa inspires and equips her community and organizations to think inclusively, lead with purpose, embrace courage, and shape the future of cybersecurity + data ethics. Vanessa takes new policies and ethics seriously as we live in the digital age where cyber, data, and privacy are evolving rapidly.
Senior Managing Consultant,
Joseph (Joe) Gallagher helps companies make sense of the space at the intersection of business, cybersecurity, and risk and is currently the Cyber Quant Product Management team lead at Mastercard after Mastercard's acquisition of the Cytegic Cyber Risk Quantification Platform in May 2020.
Joe has previously served as an Active Duty United States Air Force Intelligence Officer.
Joe is responsible for supporting all aspects of Mastercard's strategic customers’ journey as they evaluate, operationalize, and integrate the Cyber Quant quantitative cyber risk management platform into their business and security ecosystems. He works with clients to tailor quantitative cyber, TPRM ecosystem, and insurance risk solutions to organizations representing a third of Fortune 100 companies and engages diverse CxO stakeholder constituencies. Joe leverages his 5+ years with EY’s Cybersecurity practice (serving clients across all verticals) and now at Cytegic focuses on global consulting firms as key channels and clients to install the platform’s multiple cross functional capabilities as a cyber risk quantification (CRQ) service (CRQaaS).
And prior to joining Ernst & Young, Joe was an Active Duty United States Air Force Intelligence Officer and had assignments in Japan, Qatar, and the US mid-west. He accumulated 1800+ flying hours (~1200 hours supporting combat operations) on a United States Air Force signals intelligence collection aircraft, utilizing state of the art interception technologies and conducting real-time qualitative and quantitative analysis of electronic data. His all-source intelligence analysis resulted in time sensitive strategic and technical reports that informed the decisions of senior US national security policy makers.
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CEO, President ,
Passionate technology industry executive with over 20 years of experience transforming growing software and services businesses. Demonstrates greatest value where there is ambiguity and a touch of chaos, bringing clarity, reason and active collaboration to help SMB to Enterprise level companies reach business objectives and board mandates without sacrificing security for speed to market. US Army veteran.
Certifications: PCI QSA, CISSP, CISM, CISA
John Shin is the Managing Director at RSI Security and has over 18 years of information technology and cybersecurity leadership experience. RSI Security is a premier compliance and cybersecurity provider dedicated to helping organizations achieve cybersecurity risk-management success.
As a PCI Qualified Security Assessor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager, and Certified Information Systems Auditor, John has extensive technical knowledge in the cybersecurity and compliance realms. John has authored multiple research papers for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and others. He is also a Forbes Council contributing member.
John is a board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) San Diego, ISACA, Gen Next, and the Corporate Directors Forum, as well as a limited partner of a venture capitalist firm– Prime Movers Lab that focuses on technology and scientific breakthroughs. RSI Security is also a sponsor of Provisors– helping technology professionals thrive in San Diego.