A 2018-2019 global survey of IT professionals by the Enterprise Strategy Group found that 53 percent of those surveyed reported a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills at their organization. This growing trend is putting pressure on security and audit teams to keep the talent they have or recruit new talent to help fill the gaps. Join ISACA Denver as we look at what is being done in Colorado to help train the next generation of cyber security professionals, ranging from starting with middle school student engagement, to boot camps and all the way through a more formal higher education.
Bret Fund is the CEO of SecureSet Academy, a cybersecurity school that provides immersive, hands-on education programs that rapidly produce highly trained, relevant, entry-level professionals. He oversees the growth, strategy and financial operations for the company. As a former professor, he has a great passion for and a strong executional focus on providing students with a quality education and success in the placement process. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2008 and spent 7 years as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado—Boulder.
Mary Haynes is the Vice President of Network Security Operations at Charter Communications. Mary currently leads the network security program for Charter’s core networks and Spectrum services, including High Speed Internet, Telephony, and Video products. Her team is responsible for security standards, compliance, vulnerability and risk assessments, event monitoring and incident response. Mary is also responsible for Charter’s Customer Security Operations, Law Enforcement Response Team, Abuse management and botnet remediation programs.
Mary actively participates in a leadership role in numerous security organizations and associations, including the National Communications and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Communications Information Sharing Analysis Center (ISAC), Communications Sector Reliability and Interoperability Council Working Groups and Infragard. Mary is currently serving as the Communications Deputy Sector Chief for Denver Infragard.
As the founding member of Women In Security – Denver, Mary has organized the largest ISSA Special Interest Group. She also coaches an all-female CyberPatriot team for Highlands Ranch STEM High School.
Mary has been in the information security field since 1996 and has served in security leadership positions for Westar, CenturyLink, Sprint, Birch Telecom and AT&T. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker University with a degree in Business Administration.