Leah McLean is Head of Business Development and Cybersecurity Programs at Cyber Future Foundation, a non-profit and think tank of doers.
Previously Leah led the strategic alliance partnerships at Armor, a cloud security company protecting data for SMB and mid-market customers, where she was focused on cybersecurity awareness and sales training, and go-to-market growth strategies that helped partners achieve success with customers.
Prior to Armor she served in senior partner, marketing and communications roles at Apstra, A10 Networks, and Cisco Systems. Leah is also a Founder of Multi-Cloud Leadership Alliance, a Think Tank and change agent focused on driving a better cloud service provider experience for the partner ecosystem. Leah currently is on the Board of Advisors for Cloud Defense, Inc., a container security startup company and is on the board for the Cloud Security Alliance North Texas Chapter. In 2002, she was recognized by CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel list.
Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an active outdoor junkie always chasing adventure.
The news headlines that tout “Cybersecurity Talent Shortage,” is a fallacy. There is plenty of talent in the industry – especially in the younger generation – and in those who are transitioning careers to get into cybersecurity.
Yet, these talented individuals are struggling to enter into our industry. We need to break this barrier and solve the problems – it shouldn’t be this difficult. The bad actors aren’t doing less, the attacks aren’t stopping. The number of jobs posted is rising.
We want to engage hiring managers, HR, recruiting, industry leaders and bring them together with some of these talented individuals to have an honest and candid conversation about the realities and better understand each other.
Understanding what’s going on and the WHY – and exchanging information can help us better determine how we solve the problem and make things better with the people who deserve a chance to enter our industry. These people are our future leaders.
This roundtable will have this candid conversation with a call to action on what can be done to lessen this issue.