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This session will discuss the evolution of a career in information security. We will highlight the future of this space and how it will develop in the next 30 years given our speaker’s experience with the first 15 years. We will discuss passwords to firewalls to hackers and steps on how women can pivot at each point in our careers.
Debbie Christofferson – CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group and Information Security Consultant, Sapphire Security Services LLC
Debbie Christofferson, CISSP, CISM. 25+ years serving the information security field across the US, Europe and Asia in senior security management enterprise roles in large organizations. CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group (WIS SIG) at Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 10 year former ISSA former Board of Directors, Founder of the local Cloud Security Chapter, and long time contributor to our field. IT security consultant and principle, published author and experienced speaker and workshop leader.
Avani Desai is a Partner and President at Schellman & Company, LLC, the largest niche CPA firm in the world that focuses on technology and security assessments. She is also CEO and co-founder of MyCryptoAlert, a push notification and portfolio app for cryptocurrency. Avani started her career working at a Big 4 accounting firm (KPMG) for over 10 years, where she led a team and oversaw IT Risk Management and Privacy across national service-lines. In addition, Avani managed the development of internal and external privacy programs and related practices, leveraging her deep knowledge with healthcare and emerging technologies, such as blockchain, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and virtualization. Now at Schellman & Company, Avani has been focusing on growth strategies, strategic client and market development, industry analysis, and new services for the last seven years. She has been featured in Forbes, CIO.com, and the Wall Street Journal, and is a sought after speaker as a voice on a variety of emerging topics, including security, privacy, information security, future technology trends, and the expansion of young women involved in technology. In 2017, Avani, a crypto enthusiast, launched MyCryptoAlert, an app that provides a mobile solution for the alert and portfolio problems crypto investors face and a tool to buy and sell coins on arbitrage. Also passionate about strategic philanthropy, Avani sits on the board of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, the Central Florida Foundation, and is the co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a female-only venture capitalist based giving circle that focuses on solving community-based problems specific to women and children by using data analytics and big data. Avani is also an avid runner, always looking to sign up for the next Disney marathon. With all that being said, Avani still considers her greatest accomplishment to be personal rather than professional—she is the proud mother to her 8-year-old son, Sahil, and her 5-year-old daughter, Sareena. Certifications: CPA, CISA, CIPP, CCSK, CRISC, CIA, ISO Lead Auditor Education: Bachelor’s in Science, Computer Science – University of Florida Master’s in Business Administration, Finance – Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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