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How to build in flexibility to create a more effective security strategy

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Date and Time

April 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


If the past year has taught us anything, it's that what we put on paper doesn't always pan out. Cybersecurity professionals know that a security strategy can quickly turn into projects with many twists, turns, roadblocks and surprises. We’ve invited two seasoned CISOs to get their take on how to navigate the challenges of making things happen in the day-to-day of this fast-paced industry, and how to build in flexibility for the unknown surprises along the way.

Expect answers to questions like:

  • Can you plan an effective security strategy for the unknown?
  • What parts of planning do you have to get right to reduce issues during execution?
  • What tips have served you well in your career to stay on top of disruptions?
  • How do you keep your team motivated when blockers just keep coming?


Emmanuel Adu – CEO, Eretmis

Dr. Adu is a cybersecurity consultant with outstanding military and corporate cybersecurity experience. Dr. Adu is the Chief Executive Officer of Eretmis Inc, a New York based cybersecurity company. He is the founder of Eretmis Academy, a cybersecurity training institute based in New York. Dr. Adu has been in the Information Technology industry for over 21 years. He is a United States Army trained cybersecurity professional.
As a former U.S. Army Captain, Dr. Adu is highly skilled in offensive and defensive security. He held multiple high-profile positions in the U.S. Army, leading various security missions. Dr. Adu is a former professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and Central Texas College (CTC).
Dr. Adu is an exceptional cybersecurity expert who has trained and mentored several professionals to jump-start and advance their cybersecurity careers. Dr. Adu is a skilled ethical hacker who is well vested in helping organizations identify and remediate vulnerabilities within their I.T. Infrastructure. Dr. Adu’s cybersecurity qualifications include CISSP, Security+, Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), Pentest+, AWS Cloud Practitioner, Security Analytics Professional (CSAP), Security Network Professional (CNSP), Network Vulnerability Assessment (NVA)

See Emmanuel Adu‘s full profile.


Ray Espinoza – CISO, Cobalt

With over 20 years of technology experience and 12+ years in information security, Ray’s collaborative leadership style has enabled him to build information security and risk management programs that support business objectives and build customer trust. In his role, Ray is responsible for driving operational security and risk initiatives to fortify Cobalt’s security posture and optimize security services for customers.

Prior to Cobalt, Ray drove third party cloud security across Amazon’s retail business. Additionally, he has held VP and CISO roles with Atmosera and Proofpoint, as well as security leadership positions at Workday, Cisco Systems, and eBay.

See Ray Espinoza‘s full profile.

Jack Roehrig – CISO, Turnitin

Jack has been passionate about information security for more than twenty five years and has worn many hats, such as CISO, Textbook Dealer, VP of Operations, and Beauty School Dropout. He currently manages an operations team and is building a security program as CISO for Turnitin, the leading SaaS company that ensures the integrity of global education and research for more than 30 million students in over 150 countries. He holds two computer science degrees and two liberal arts degrees from UC Davis and Diablo Valley College.

See Jack Roehrig‘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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