Jessica Nemmers is the Chief Security Officer of Elevate Credit, headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas. As a CSO, Jessica focuses on building security programs that align with business objectives and compliance drivers to reduce the risk of business disruption, financial loss, or brand damage from a cyber-attack or data breach.
Prior to her role as CSO in the financial industry, Jessica built a comprehensive security program for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, focused on the protection of critical systems on business and Operational Technology (OT) networks at more than 230 sites worldwide. With over 24 years in the IT industry, Jessica has led IT teams in the US, India, Romania, and Mexico and held both technical and non-technical positions, which has allowed her to leverage her unique ability to translate technical solutions to non-technical audiences.
Jessica has been recognized for her work as a trailblazer in the field of cybersecurity and as a top business leader in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. As a former professional ballerina, Jessica works to address the cyber talent shortage by championing opportunities to attract talent from non-traditional fields into cybersecurity careers. Jessica is also a co-author of the book “The CISO Mentor” where she shares her unique journey from ballerina to CISO.
Securing critical infrastructure has been forced into the headlines with the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. This discussion is long overdue and companies must face the fact they have to invest in their security program before it is too late.