Tackling the Talent Shortage Problem: An honest look at challenges related to finding and retaining information security talent.

SESSION 2 |  10:35AM - 11:20AM | ROOM 2

It’s a fact, there aren’t enough of us to go around. The unemployment rate is already at 0%, and the future looks bleak for people in need of information security talent. Industry experts predict as many as 3.5 million empty seats by the year 2022. These are the facts, unless we’re willing to do something about it. The good news, is that we are willing and able to do something! There are solutions for finding and retaining information security talent. What does this mean for you, and what should you do about it? In this session, Evan Francen, CEO and founder of FRSecure will put the problem into context, provide three options to solve the problem for yourself, and provide strategies that work.

Attendees will learn that they have viable options for finding and retaining information security talent. Together we will

  • Define the scope and breadth of the information security talent shortage problem, and the consequences associated with it.
  • Define three real solutions to the problem that attendees can chose to apply in their own situation.
  • Define the pros and cons of each of the solutions as well as the things to look out for.

Presented By: Evan Francen, CEO & Founder of FRSecure

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Evan Francen is a passionate information security expert who serves businesses of all sizes, in all industries by cooperatively solving the complex issues surrounding information security. He is considered to be an “information security evangelist”.

  • Evan is a thought leader and specialist in:
  • Board of Directors Advisement
  • Executive Management Advisement
  • Enterprise Information Security Program Development
  • Enterprise Information Security Risk Management
  • Security Program Strategy and Business Alignment  
  • Social Engineering

Prior to establishing FRSecure, Evan spent more than 15 years as a leading information security professional and corporate leader in both private and public companies. He is well-versed in governmental and industry-specific regulations, standards and guidelines including ISO/IEC 27000, FISMA (FIPS/NIST), HIPAA, GLBA, PCI-DSS, FDA CFR Part 11, SOX and COBIT, but also understands the intricacies in aligning compliance with business objectives. Most recently, and prior to establishing FRSecure LLC, Evan established the formal information security programs for four publicly-traded companies; Corel Corporation (CREL), Mattersight Corporation (MATR), MGI Pharma (MOGN) and Eisai Ltd (TSE).

Evidence of Evan’s true passion for information security can be found in his many writings on the subject. He has written in excess of 700 information security articles, and developed and taught numerous information security courses. He has also been featured in dozens of television and radio interviews with noted organizations such as NBC, USA Today, CBS Radio. He has also provided expert information security advice in numerous high-profile legal proceedings.

Information security professionals need to stay current in order to remain effective. Evan is an active participant in many information security organizations including the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) among others. Evan also holds the “Gold Standard” Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

Information security is a complex and holistic discipline that can be confusing to people who are not dedicated to it. Evan’s keen ability to explain technical information to non-technical personnel in all levels throughout an organization, his unique sense of humor, and his “tell it like it is” demeanor, gets the point across and produces results for FRSecure clients.