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  • The Security Advisor Alliance Cybersecurity Converge Tour made a stop in Indianapolis on April 17th, 2017.  Alliance President, Jerry Archer, SVP/CSO Sallie Mae, was incredibly pleased with the impact of the event.

    “I was able to participate in a similar workshop we put on in San Francisco a couple of months ago and I knew it was something that Sallie Mae needed to take part in.  I knew our team would love working with the students and would be a valuable team building exercise for our employees” – Jerry Archer, Alliance Board President, EVP & CSO Sallie Mae

    Security leaders; Leon Ravenna (Karr Auction Services), James Robinson (Optiv Security), Steve Lodin (Sallie Mae), Steve Moore (Anthem Health) and a Special Agent with the FBI Cyber Task Force spoke with students from Broad Ripple, Northwest and Arlington high Schools.  The message of the day…”There are more jobs available than qualified people to fill them, we need your help.”

    The CISOs brought members of their teams to participate in the workshop.  The conversation around pathways into the industry crossed a wide range of topics.  What type of education was necessary to pursue cybersecurity as a career?  What kind of money does this career pay?  What skills are important to develop to be valuable to organizations?

    Steve Lodin, Senior Director, Cyber Security Operations at Sallie Mae demonstrated the need for increased diversity of backgrounds, mindsets and personality types in the ever changing landscape of business & technology and encouraged the students to join them in the defense of our most valuable information and the global economy.

    Students were divided into teams of 2-5, and guided through a two hour virtual cyber security game which encourages; critical thinking, research, teamwork, creativity and problem solving.  The game is designed to not only engage the students in learning, but also expose them to daily skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

    Teams were instructed to figure out what the question was asking them, what research could be done to learn more about something they didn’t know, and how that can help them move through the process of finding an answer.  Analysts, Security Architects, VPs and CISOs worked one on one with students to provide encouragement and guidance.

    The closing comments included a message from James Robinson, encouraging students to seek out a mentor amongst the professionals present, and a far extending offer to help anyone interested in finding a pathway into the space.

    A huge thank you to our Partners Project Lead The Way, ICMCP and Broad Ripple High School for being our host.

    This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, Optiv, Microsoft and Logrythm.