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AIM: NextGen Program and Opportunities for career in Cyber Security

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December 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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Web Conference

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Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


Early talent or someone looking for a career in Cybersecurity needs to know where to start and how to prepare themselves to get their initial breakthrough. On the contrary, we also need enterprise organizations to have an open mindset to take risks or even allocate time to hire someone without any job experience and make time to provide the expertise on the job to get diverse ideas and talent into their teams.

In this session we will discuss how NextGen provides a platform for candidates to be trained and help identify opportunities for internship, apprenticeship or full time job opportunities with the enterprise organization.


Betty Burke – COO/Secretary, ISSA International

Betty currently serves on the ISSA International Board of Directors and is a past President of the MN-ISSA chapter.  Betty has over twenty years’ experience in Information Technology and Information Security in positions of progressive responsibility and technical expertise. She has worked on information security planning, developing and delivering security programs. She is respected as a decision-maker and creative problem solver with demonstrated ability to achieve desired results while maintaining effective team cooperation. She has worked with several security regulations and standards including HIPAA, ISO17799, COBIT, Payment Card Industry Standard, NIST Standards and IRS Publication 1075. Betty is CISSP and CISA certified.

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Prakash Gurnani – Talent Support, NextGen

Prakash has been in the Technology & CyberSecurity space for most of his professional career. He has built & operated nationwide NOC & SOC Operations & has managed large-scale enterprise operations. His key skills include Program Management, Service Management & Technical Account Management. He works closely with the NextGen candidates to support their journey while they learn, apply for grants & get mentored by industry experts. These programs support NextGen’s mission to address the talent shortage by providing students with professional development enabling them to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

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Krishnan Chellakarai – Founder and Chairman, NextGen

Krishnan Chellakarai is the Chief Information Security Officer at Gilead Sciences located in Foster City, California. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Security across various industries and close to 17 years in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry. Mr. Chellakarai has been the CISO at Gilead for 8 years and he is responsible for Cyber Security strategies, architecture, engineering and cyber security operations. Prior to Gilead, Krishnan has worked as the Chief Security Architect at Roche/Genentech for 9 years and had a similar role in various organizations including Stanford Hospital, CNA Trust, Reuters America, and ABN Amro.

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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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