The security community has called for more talent to fuel the roles we have lying empty; however, security has an unusually hardened pipeline that must be improved to support capable candidates getting through to promising security careers. In a panel discussion, Jamesha Fisher, Christina Morillo, Quiessence Phillips, Heather Adkins, and Krystall Parrington discuss their experiences encountering security’s steel pipeline and share ways to improve it.
Jamesha Fisher is a security operations engineer at GitHub. Jamesha has worked in the tech industry for over 10 years, with a special interest in security. Graduating with a degree in information assurance and security engineering, she lent her experience to operations and systems engineering at companies like Google and CloudPassage. In her spare time, Jamesha is a maker of things musical or delicious and objects that use binary numbers.
Christina is an information security & tech nerd with a background in enterprise identity and access management and information security. By day she works @ Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager on the Azure Information Protection Cloud & Engineering team.
She is also co-founded a community for women of color in tech which is best known for creating an open source collection of stock photos, to boost visual representation in the industry. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family, attending Cryptoparties, traveling and reading. She also advises, speaks and mentors people, communities, and organizations who have an interest in technology.
She lives in NYC with her husband and children.
Quiessence Phillips’s personal motto is “polished exterior, techie interior.” A cybersecurity professional with 10 years of experience working within the financial industry, Quiessence is AVP of information security incident response at Barclays. She is the cofounder of JOURNi, an edtech nonprofit building an authentic tech ecosystem in the heart of Detroit, and the creator of Securing Your Path, a community of women in cybersecurity. She has also made significant strides in exposing youth to the world of technology through previous work with Urban Tech Alliance, Black Girls Code, and Qeyno Labs. Quiessence is a mom, mentor, coder, hacker, strategist, and change agent.
Heather Adkins is a 14-year Google veteran and founding member of the Google Security team. As director of information security, Heather has built a global team responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Google’s networks, systems, and applications. The Google Security team, now numbering in the hundreds, is involved in every facet of the business, including launching new products, mergers and acquisitions, building security infrastructure, responding to security threats, and evangelism. Heather has an extensive background in systems and network administration with an emphasis on practical security and has worked to build and secure some of the world’s largest infrastructure for web information systems. She now focuses her time primarily on the defense of Google’s computing infrastructure and working with both the Google Incident Response team and outside entities to tackle some of the industry’s greatest security challenges.
Krystall Parrington is currently an undergraduate student at DePaul University pursing a degree in information assurance and security engineering. This past year her interest in security has led her to opportunities that include a lab assistant position at the Network and Security Lab at DePaul and a security analyst internship at SAP Fieldglass. In her downtime, Krystall enjoys exploring new areas of Chicago and trying unique tea shops.
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