With a career in cyber security spanning over 35 years, Jean has extensive experience in the high tech, telecom, and financial industries alternating between deep technical and executive leadership roles. She has been a software and hardware developer, one of the first chief architects in Silicon Valley, a CISO several times over and is now an executive consultant and business advisor. She been recognized as an ISSA Distinguished Fellow (2014) and a Woman of Influence by SC Magazine (2015).
Jean developed an interest in security and cryptography early in her career designing several electronic funds transfer networks for the financial industry. She then went on to research and create many new telecom, network, cryptographic, payments and emerging technologies.
Jean is a speaker, college lecturer, and consultant on various emerging technologies and has been active in a number of standards working groups.
As a volunteer, she is an initial founder of the Cloud Security Alliance (2008) and continues as a contributing author to CSA guidance. She served over a decade on the ISSA Silicon Valley board and was co-founder of the ISSA Intl. Women in Security group. Jean is a co-founder of the Bace Cybersecurity Institute. She is currently on the board of the ISC2 Seattle chapter.
Cybersecurity continues to be one of the most critical fields in Information Technology, with some of the most interesting, complex and varied career opportunities. Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, who has been performing digital forensic investigations and providing expert witness testimony since 1998, will moderate this panel session that will discuss the many challenges that women face in this rewarding work.