Developing Cyber-Security Talent Internally

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Developing Cyber-Security Talent Internally

January 9, 2020 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
TX 77056 USA

Presentation: Developing Cybersecurity Talent Internally

Speaker: Ricky Allen, CISO – Critical Start

Abstract: Due to high costs of a limited skillset of cybersecurity engineers and analysts it is imperative to develop the skills and talent internally. During this session you will learn about the methods to create training plans, mentoring, and methods for developing cybersecurity skills within your own organization. Learn how to use freeware and low cost products to help teach the basics of cybersecurity along with how to advertise within the company to identify potential candidates.


Ricky Allen is the CISO for Critical Start and Past-President of the South Texas ISSA chapter. He holds certifications such as SABSA Security Architecture, CISSP, CISA, and Six Sigma. Ricky previously held roles at Accenture as an executive in their strategic information security consulting practice and at HP Enterprise Security Products as the practice lead for developing Security Operations programs for ArcSight SIEM products. Ricky was focused on retail and manufacturing industries while at PwC where he managed penetration testing and risk assessments for companies across the US. Ricky has presented at conferences such as BSides, Black Hat, API Cybersecurity, HOU.SEC.CON, SANS, SecureWorld, and Data Connectors. Ricky is based in Houston, TX and has a degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.


Contact Information:

 Name: Ricky Allen
 Title: CISO
 Company: Critical Start
Ricky Allen

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Luncheon Meeting Schedule:

11:15 a.m. Registration / Networking
11:30 a.m. Luncheon / Networking
11:45 a.m. Chapter Business Meeting
12:00 noon Keynote Presentation
1:00 p.m. Adjourn Luncheon


  • An interest in information security.


  • 1 CPE

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