Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity

Posted April 27th, 2021 by ISSA DC

How can organizations recruit and retain a diverse pool of candidates and help them to thrive within the organization? The panel will explore ways to reimagine recruitment, hiring, visibility, mentorship, allyship, training, pay equity, Executive Leadership programs/pipelines, as well as company awards & recognition programs.


The Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Posted April 15th, 2021 by (ISC)2 Charlotte

The Charlotte Metro area chapter of (ISC)2 welcomed Chris Furtick, Director of Security Engineering and Incident Response for Fortalice Solutions to share battle stories from the front line of the global cyberwar and recap a recent ransomware incident from discovery to decryption. Find out what you need to know about weathering a ransomware attack and learn how to avoid what one client called the “worst day of their 20-year career."


NIST/NICE and Hiring

Posted April 15th, 2021 by Point3 Security

This Q&A Session with Point3 Security and Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN and Secure Diversity, discusses NIST NICE and hiring technical security personnel. We cover what Deidre has researched and seen in the hiring process, NIST NICE framework, gatekeeping, and how to address better hiring practices.


Cybersecurity Talent, Diversity and Emotional Intelligence

Posted April 6th, 2021 by Tech & Main

In today's episode, we will be talking with our good friend, Deidre Diamond. Deidre cares tremendously about people loving where they work and has been working to create cultures that have high EQ (emotional intelligence) skills. These skills focus on words and behaviors. Deidre is known in the D/I community as someone who works hard at making sure words and behaviors are inclusive for all so that inclusive environments can also be diverse environments.


Day of Shecurity 2021 Conference Kick-Off Remarks

Posted March 23rd, 2021 by Deidre Diamond and Brenley Brotman

Day of Shecurity Conference Core Team members Deidre and Brenley deliver the Opening Remarks for the 2021 Virtual Conference, which was held on Hop-In. Videos of all talks will soon be available on the Day of Shecurity YouTube Channel


How a Security-Minded Culture Can Change Bad Habits

Posted March 17th, 2021 by Okta

“Security @ Scale” with co-hosts Alex Williams, founder, and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at security services provider Okta, discuss the challenges associated with building a security-minded culture and what works and what does not work. The guests are Deidre Diamond, founder, and CEO of CyberSN, and Founder Secure Diversity, and Victoria Mosby, federal sales engineer, for Lookout, a security solutions provider.


Strategies for Job Searching

Posted February 19th, 2021 by WoSec

Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN chatted with Cholé Messdaghi, Founder of WoSec, to discuss the state of job searching in cybersecurity in 2021.


The Perfect Storm - Tales From The Trenches

Posted February 2nd, 2021 by CyberSN

The events in 2020 have had a significant effect on the cybersecurity industry. Remote workforce, rush to digitalization, shifting responsibilities, cybersecurity burnout and a refocus on supply-chain resulting from SolarWinds breach has created a perfect storm for attackers and defenders. This panel will focus on emerging threat vectors, attack surfaces and tactical strategies defenders are leveraging to address perfect storm conditions. With speakers O'Shea Bowens, Jennifer Mansour and Mark Arnold.

The State of the Cybersecurity Job Market: How to Hire and Retain with 0% Unemployment

February 19, 2021

The unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals—the people protecting us from cyber-attacks—is zero (some studies say it could be even higher), and the majority of these professionals (59%) are open to leaving their current jobs. This recruiting and retention challenge is a very serious national security issue. It’s no wonder the question I am most frequently asked is: “What are the ‘best ways to attract, hire and retain talent?” 

Secure Diversity Presents "Safer At Home" and "Building an Information Security Practice"

February 18, 2021

Secure Diversity Presents features two cybersecurity practitioners and experts who share topics from the infosec world. First, enjoy a talk from Cynthia Moore, Sr. Director, Information Security Operations with "Safer at Home." Then Jeana Pieralde, Sr. Manager of Information Security will share "Building an Information Security Practice."

Secure Diversity Presents "Why Are You Like This? What Behavior Means for Security" and "It's Complicated: Cloud, Compliance, PII, and Security"

January 21, 2021

Secure Diversity Presents features two cybersecurity practitioners and experts who share topics from the infosec world. First, Cassandra Clark shares "Why Are You Like This?" and then Samantha Cowan shares "It's Complicated."


Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Cybersecurity Talent

Posted December 16th, 2020 by CyberSN and MindLance

Hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent will be discussed and explored as four cyber leaders discuss talent strategies that work! Join Deidre Diamond, Susan Koski, Sue Bergamo, Lane Sullivan, and Sandra Dunn for this hour-long conversation.

Secure Diversity Presents "Building Higher Confidence in Third-Party Cyber Risk Management" and "Social Engineering and Quarantine Phishing"

Posted November 11, 2020

Secure Diversity Presents for November 2020 included talks from Kay Naidu of Delta Dental with "Building Higher Confidence In Third-Party Cyber Risk Management" and Jessica Rozhin of Cisco Meraki for "Social Engineering & Quarantine Phishing."


Hack Your Cybersecurity Career - WiCys New England November Meeting

Posted November 12th, 2020 by CyberSN

Amy Knoell, Director of Cybersecurity Staffing from CyberSN was the WiCys New England November Chapter Meeting Speaker with the talk "Hack Your Cybersecurity Career". With over 20 years of recruiting experience, Knoell brings her knowledge and specialty to the cybersecurity community to answer questions about job searching, interviewing, resumes, negotiations, and career development. She also shares tips and ideas for setting yourself apart and growing your cybersecurity career!


"Red, Blue, EQ"

Posted November 2nd, 2020 by WoSec Montreal National Conference

Cybersecurity is a people-centric discipline. We work in teams, communicate with a broad audience, make decisions during high-pressure events and attackers depend on people’s emotions to initiate compromises. Cybersecurity professionals can enhance cyber defenses as well as advance their careers, becoming stronger leaders and influencers within their organizations by increasing their Emotional Intelligence. This talk will cover the basic framework of strong EQ skills and how these skills will enhance your professional career and overall approach to cyber resiliency.


BSides Boston 2020

Posted November 1st, 2020 by Deidre Diamond

Cybersecurity is a people-centric discipline. We work in teams, communicate with a broad audience, make decisions during high-pressure events and attackers depend on people’s emotions to initiate compromises. Cybersecurity professionals can enhance cyber defenses as well as advance their careers, becoming stronger leaders and influencers within their organizations by increasing their Emotional Intelligence. This talk will cover the basic framework of strong EQ skills and how these skills will enhance your professional career and overall approach to cyber resiliency.


Executive Resilience With Christa Pusateri

Posted October 29th, 2020 by Deidre Diamond

CyberSN Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond sat down with Christa Pusateri to discuss the humans of cybersecurity, why EQ skills matter, and an upcoming event for Cybersecurity Executive Women.


Smart Cities and Privacy - A Choice, Or Not?

Posted October 22nd, 2020 by Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond shared her thoughts on the future of Smart Cities with Day 2 of the Cybersecurity Symposium for Smart Cities in October of 2020. Here are her Opening Remarks from the conference. Do you agree?


"Hire, Motivate, and Manage a Business-Aligned Cybersecurity Team"

Posted October 13th, 2020 by CyberSN

In this discussion, cybersecurity strategist and author Dan Blum will join CyberSN Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond to review the key messages from "Rational Cybersecurity" and advise security leaders on:

- Best practices for security leadership and communications

- Top traits to seek in new hires for customer-facing positions in cybersecurity

- Motivating the security team and IT or business stakeholders to align their efforts

- Prioritizing and managing the cybersecurity-business alignment process


CXO Underground Podcast

Posted October 1st, 2020 by CXO Underground

CXO Underground Podcast with Joe Topiinka and Mike Charobee Episode 19 with Matt Donato - Managing Director at CyberSN.


Cybersecurity Woman of the Year People's Choice Award 2020 Winner Acceptance Speech

Posted September 25th, 2020 by Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN and Founder, Secure Diversity recorded her Acceptance Speech for the 2020 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year People's Choice Award win! This wonderful honor was voted on by the cybersecurity community and symbolizes a supporter who empowers and enables women to have successful careers in the cybersecurity community.

September 2020 Secure Diversity Presents

Presented Live September 24, 2020 by Secure Diversity

Enjoy the recorded Secure Diversity September meet-up to enjoy the talks "Threat Intelligence: Sharing is Caring" by Mel Masterson from Sequoia Capital, followed by "Is Your Mobile Security Getting Enough Attention?" by Ariel Shin from One Medical.


Inclusion Before Diversity

Posted September 16th, 2020 by CyberSN

This panel of leaders discuss insights on what inclusion means to diversity as well as the behaviors of inclusion our cultures need to foster in order to have a diversity of people. 

-Moderator: Deidre Diamond, Founder, and CEO of CyberSN, Founder of Secure Diversity

-Marci McCarthy, CEO and President at T.E.N. & CEO and Chairman at ISE® Talent

-Jimmy Sanders, President at ISSA SF Bay Area, head of information security at Netflix DVD

-Mari Galloway, CEO and a founding board member, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC)

-Anu Koshy, Global Head - Inclusion and Diversity at UST Global


How To - Career and Talent Acquisition

Posted September 15th, 2020 by CyberSN

In this episode Monica Verma talks with Deidre Diamond about career challenges cybersecurity talent face in our industry, the importance of succession planning and retention, what can we do about it to help both young talent and professionals in our industry, and how to build a business that’s not only successful but also cost-effective. 

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Threat Landscapes and "The New Normal"

Posted August 26th, 2020 by CyberSN

Today's "new normal" has presented many privacy, security, and compliance challenges in organizations across the globe. As a result, there are a number of changes in cyber resilience practices and risk management resulting from the rapid push to a virtual workforce. The same shift has happened to vendors and third-party solutions. In this forum, we closely examine these challenges and how organizations integrated risk management strategies are adapting to this new climate.

Moderated by Matt Donato, Managing Director, Southeast, CyberSN, with Panelists Daniel Argandona, CEO & Founder, CSRG, Christina Bray, SVP, Cyber Governance, Risk, & Compliance, Truist Financial and Carl Cahill, Global Director of Cyber Defense, Ahold Delhaize.

What It's Like To Be The Only Woman On The Team


Posted August 19th, 2020 by CyberSN

We know diversity is important and yet, do we know that retention of diversity is even more important? This webinar will explore the challenges that are faced by being the only woman on the team. Together we can build cultures that stay together happily, grow together, and perform at top levels. Join in to hear the specific difficult challenges and behaviors women face by being the only woman on the team, and how to overcome those challenges and behaviors.


Virtual Job Search

Posted August 15th, 2020 by OWASP Women in AppSec

In this video, Deidre discusses the ins and outs of looking for a new role while we are all working from home, including interview and resume advice from the leading cybersecurity recruiting firm in the US focused on building inclusive teams.

Cybersecurity Careers: Insiders Perspectives


Recorded July 30, 2020

CyberSN was thrilled to sponsor this Secure Diversity Presents event, highlight leading cybersecurity speakers from the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring: Amber Smith with "Navigating a job move - What skills to take with you & what you'll need to learn"; Kavya Pearlman with "How to get into XR domain" (Career Guidance for Technical and Non-Technical folks); Patricia Joseph with "Incident Response, what is it and why you may like it."

Security Job Search During Pandemic

Recorded July 29, 2020

WiCyS Chicago Chapter invites you to a discussion on searching for a job in cybersecurity during a pandemic. Join this live presentation with Deidre Diamond, Founder, and CEO of CyberSN, to learn about changes in hiring practices during the pandemic and how to tap into the hidden markets. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with panelists from the WiCyS Chicago Chapter, moderated by Deidre to explore: how to job search in cybersecurity, working around the broken hiring system, various career paths available, tips to tap into hidden markets, how Covid-19 has impacted hiring practices.


Hiring and Retaining Gender Diverse Teams: A How-To Conversation

Posted July 28th, 2020 by CyberSN and Technium

How can a company start on their journey to inclusivity?

With over 500,000 open cybersecurity positions, companies need to do everything possible to hire and their talent. Creating inclusive company cultures that attract diverse talent, offer inclusion and EQ skills, and provide training and opportunity is the way to get the attention of these highly-sought-after professionals.


Career Advancement During COVID-19

Posted June 16th, 2020 by CyberSN

While we are in a unique time in job searching, that doesn't mean it's a bad time to look for your next opportunity. Listen to the stories of two cybersecurity professionals who conducted successful virtual job searches during this pandemic and their journeys from the interviewing phase, through on-boarding and hiring. Being prepared, knowing what to expect, and understanding how to sell yourself right during these difficult times is key.


Solving the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage with Trained Entry-Level Professionals

Posted July 14th, 2020 by CyberSN and CyberForward

Listen in as Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN and CyberForward Founder and CEO Mike Gentile discuss their program that takes entry-level professionals, trains them in cybersecurity skills, and staffs them as Junior level Risk Analysts, Junior Security Analysts, and Junior Vulnerability/Security Engineers.


Security Skill Wars: A New Perspective

Posted June 4th, 2020 by VMWare and CyberSN

The role of a C-level executive comes with unbridled burdens. When specifically looking at IT and Security, it's an ever-slogging fight at times to reduce risk and train employees on basic security hygiene principles - let alone defining your ROI in the process. Managing the skills gap can lead to high stress and career risk, but let's talk about how we can mitigate that by making measurable agreements, assessing the "now," and rethinking job descriptions.


Resume and Certification Workshop

Posted May 5th, 2020 by CyberSN and WiCys Colorado

Looking for a cybersecurity role? Check out this 30-minute webinar with helpful advice from Secure Diversity and CyberSN Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond and Nathan Chung, Founder of WiCys Colorado.


Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19

Posted April 30th, 2020 by Duke University and CyberSN

CyberSN Founder and CEO Deidre Diamond and Shelley Westman, Principal Risk Advisory Services with E&Y joined Duke University students for an online discussion about cybersecurity careers during the Covid-19 healthcare crisis and how to take the first steps towards building a career in the information security field.


The CavnessHR Podcast

Posted April 26th, 2020 by Deidre Diamond

The cavnessHR Podcast delivers HR to small businesses with 49 or fewer people. On the cavnessHR Podcast we talk to small business owners, founders, and the people who help them succeed. Visit our page for more info.

Deidre Diamond at RSA Conference 2020

Posted March 11th, 2020 by Deidre

Deidre Diamond, a Top-Rated Speaker from RSA Conference 2020 shares her talk "Talent Exfiltration: An Insider's Guide to the Talent Attack Lifestyle." What are you doing to lower the risk of your cybersecurity talent leaving? In this talk, you will learn how and when cybersecurity talent becomes vulnerable and compromised, how a skilled cyber-recruiter creates reconnaissance and weaponizes it, how a skilled cyber-recruiter creates an opportunity to exploit your talent, at what moment talent compromise occurs, and how to develop talent exfiltration defenses.

Pwning the Broken Cybersecurity Job Market

Posted February 6th, 2020 by Deidre

Security hiring managers struggle to hire talent fast enough to fill their needs, but it’s not just due to a shortage of skilled labor. Join Deidre Diamond and the Berkeley School of Information for insights on thriving in your cybersecurity career, despite a dysfunctional marketplace.

Brainbabe is now Secure Diversity

Posted January 22nd, 2020 by Deidre

Listen as CyberSN and Secure Diversity Founder Deidre Diamond speaks with Chuck Harold about we changed the name of our not-for-profit Brainbabe to Secure Diversity.

5 Tips for Attracting Cybersecurity Talent

Posted January 8th, 2020 by Deidre

The task of finding and attracting cybersecurity talent is a difficult one. Deidre Diamond, Founder, and CEO of the cybersecurity recruiting and research firm CyberSN caught up with Chuck Harold of to discuss practical tips from the leading cybersecurity search firm in the US.

From CISO to CEO the Journey

Posted December 4th, 2019 by Deidre

Deidre Diamond of CyberSN and George Wrenn of CyberSaint had a conversation about George’s untraditional pathway to become the Founder and CEO of a security company. Prior to that, he was a Fortune 500 CISO. Hear how this happened.

RSAC 2019 Speaker Deidre Diamond “Retaining and Growing Cybersecurity Talent"

Posted March 30th, 2019 by Deidre Diamond

Video Provided courtesy of RSA Conference 2019. Founder and CEO of CyberSN Deidre Diamond, shares this talk about retention, hiring, and attrition in the cybersecurity field. For more information visit email us at

BSides Pittsburgh 2018 "Job Search Is Broken"

Posted June 22nd, 2018 by Deidre and Erik

Stories and first-hand examples of obstacles that lead to a miserable job search experience, a common theme among many in the security industry. This talk offers insight as to how this breakdown occurs and how it can be avoided by providing key information, tactics, and advice to self-market, evaluate recruiters, ace the interview, and successfully negotiate salary.

Day Of Shecurity 2018 San Francisco

Posted June 16th, 2018 by Deidre Diamond

Day of Shecurity 2018 Keynote speaker Deidre Diamond speaks about the soft skills that will have an immediate impact on careers. Day of Shecurity San Francisco took place on June 16, 2018.

SecureWorld Boston 2018

Posted March 14th, 2018 by Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond sat down with Paul Asadoorian of the Security Weekly Podcast during Secure World Boston 2018 to discuss what’s going on with cybersecurity staffing, why we need more women in security, and what those in the community can do to improve retention and increase inclusion and diversity.

National Cyber Watch Webinar

Posted January 26th, 2018 by Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond moderates this panel of experts (Priyanka Komala, Noel Kyle, and Chad Loder) as they discuss what advances we can make to create a better workforce right now, and by 2030.

OWASP AppSec USA Conference 2017

Posted September 22nd, 2017 by Deidre Diamond

Marian Merritt of NIST led this panel, joined by Deidre Diamond, Chenxi Wang, Kelly FitzGerald , and Julie Medero at the OWASP AppSec USA 2017 Conference to discuss Women in Cybersecurity.

Equal Pay Act

Posted September 7th, 2017 by Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond is joined by Donal Schroeder and Erin Horton of Foley & Lardner, LLP to discuss the impacts of changing Equal Pay Act legislation to the staffing and recruiting industry.

#AskTheCEO Podcast

Posted June 14th, 2017 by Deidre Diamond

Soft Skills are Key in Cyber and Technology Careers!

BSides Pittsburgh 2017

Posted June 14th, 2017 by Deidre Diamond

With over 500,000 unfilled cyber security jobs, an industry made up of 10% women and a trend of 56% of women leaving tech inside 10 years, we have a big problem. The stereotype of a hoodie-clad man at a terminal in a dark room – a myth our schools perpetuate – is harmful. Those in cyber security can change this right now!

Boston #IOT and @SECTHINGS

Posted November 14th, 2015 by Deidre

Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of and #brainbabe Founder speaks at the November 2015 Boston #IoT and @SecThings Meet-Up about redefining what it means to have a career in tech. Hint: it doesn’t have to have anything to do with coding!

Mach37 Panel Boston

Posted November 14th, 2015 by Deidre

Deidre Diamond, CEO and Founder of and #brainbabe Founder, joins the Mach37 and Passcode panel in Boston, November 2015 to discuss how the the lack of women in technology and security roles is a matter of national security.

Boston Women in Tech

Posted October 14th, 2015 by Deidre

It’s all of Our Responsibility: Deidre Diamond CEO and Founder of and #SecureDiversity founder speaks at the inaugural Women in Tech meeting of the Microsoft and Akamai teams in Cambridge, MA Oct. 2015