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How GRCIE is Transforming the Cybersecurity and GRC Learning Experience Using Emergent Technology

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Date and Time

October 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


There are 4.5 million open cybersecurity jobs globally. While this should provide ample opportunity for potential workers, almost all security roles require 1-2 years of experience often leaving people who have invested in degrees in cybersecurity or certifications without a way to gain employment in the industry.  

GRC for Intelligent Ecosystems (GRCIE) pronounced “Gracie” is the next generation for learning, training and educating diverse GRC workforces. We have created an immersive simulation-based training curriculum that leverages advanced problem-solving methods and complex cognitive tasks to deliver an immersive learning experience. We attempt to simulate real-world scenarios for performing GRC tasks in virtual reality to practically apply their learnings in the Apprenticeship and eventually their future companies. Half of GRCIE’s curriculum is delivered via VR and we have begun work collaborating with clients. 

We provide the richest meld between what the GRC industry needs with the student's full education. GRCIE marries leading-edge research from the fields of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and discipline-based education best practices and deliver a highly energetic, engaging, interactive user-centered learning experience designed to prepare our students to be fit-for-purpose on their first day in their new role. We provide this in-depth immersive education tuition-free for students.

As a result, GRCIE envisions a cybersecurity landscape transformed by a diverse workforce bringing new ideas to the industry.



Dr. Curtis Campbell – Vice President and Manager of IT Governance, SouthState Bank

Dr. Curtis Campbell serves as Director on the International Board of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). She holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of TN and a PhD in Organizational Leadership/ Information Systems.

Dr. Campbell, a 25 year IT and Cybersecurity professional, holds the designations of Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Her experience includes cybersecurity leadership, governance, risk, and compliance, third party risk and IT audits in regulatory environments.

Dr. Campbell serves as VP, Manager of IT Governance at SouthState Bank, a subsidiary of SouthState Corporation where she works with executive leadership.

As ISSA Fellow, she is recognized for significant contributions to the cyber community, cyber profession, ISSA leadership and sustained ISSA membership. The elite status of ISSA Fellow designation belongs to only 2% of ISSA membership.

Dr. Campbell is a thought leader and author on cybersecurity topics and the human connection between trust and unintentional insider threats in an ever-changing cybersecurity footprint. She has published over 30 research and peer-reviewed journal articles on cybersecurity including: “Solutions for Counteracting Human Deception in Social Engineering Attacks”; “Securing the Remote Employee: Protecting the Human Endpoint in the Cybersecurity Environment”; and “Securing the Vendor: Changing the Dynamic of the Infosec Relationship”, “Understanding and Incorporating Cybersecurity Ethics” and Inspiring and Preparing the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals”. She is a monthly columnist for topics relating to Women in Cybersecurity in the international ISSA Journal.

See Dr. Curtis Campbell‘s full profile.


Jenai Marinkovic – Chief Information Security and Chief Technology Officer, Tiro Security

Jenai Marinkovic is a multidisciplinary technologist and strategist with 20 years of experience in architecting, building, and securing systems at scale. She has designed and operated cybersecurity capabilities in media, live sports, gaming, and entertainment. She’s also worked in biomedical manufacturing and laboratory diagnostics, healthcare tech, and robotics in agriculture. She has designed cybersecurity and auditing frameworks around artificially intelligent systems including their impact on diversity. Jenai has worked for large enterprise brands including DIRECTV, Electronic Arts, Beyond, and Beckman Coulter, and international investigations firms such as Kroll. She is the virtual CISO for Tiro Security, an award-winning cybersecurity recruitment and consulting firm.

Jenai is also the Executive Director and one of the founders of the startup nonprofit GRC for Intelligent Ecosystems (GRCIE). GRCIE is dedicated to training people from socio and economically disadvantaged communities into GRC and cybersecurity and is home to the award-nominated, NextCISO Apprenticeship school.

See Jenai Marinkovic‘s full profile.

Melissa Elza – Head of Talent, Unagi Scooters

Melissa Elza started her career in financial services, eventually running an operations team spread across 3 continents before moving into HR. She's worked for Fortune 500 companies like Fisher-Price and Publicis Sapient and start-ups like BuzzFeed, Huge, and Beyond. While in these roles, she implemented and led diversity and inclusion programs and rolled out large-scale learning and development initiatives. Melissa is an advisory board member of NCYTE Center – National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center and runs her consultancy HoneyBee HR where she serves as a virtual CPO. Melissa is a cofounder of GRC for Intelligent Ecosystems Foundation, where she serves as the Deputy Director, and Head of the NextCISO Academy. The NextCISO Academy brings her expertise in diversity, training and people management to the cybersecurity table.

See Melissa Elza‘s full profile.

ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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