Era of the Human Firewall: a paradigm shift towards Cybersecurity skills underpinned by ‘Behavioral Science’


The skills required in Cybersecurity for 2022 and beyond has shifted. The industry is finally awakening to the fact that we can no longer depend on security skills, technologies and approaches which simply alleviate symptoms, but fail to identify and fix the root cause – Human Behavior.
Next-Gen Cyber Talent, a not-for-profit organization which promotes diversity in Cybersecurity and supports underprivileged, underserved talent), is hosting a panel discussion specifically for CISO’s to hear from industry leaders who have recognized the importance of Behavioral Science and have been working to embed these skills in industry.

March 31st  at 1 PM PT to 2:30 PM PT

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Mohan Koo – Co-Founder & CTO at DTEX Systems

As Dtex Co-Founder and CTO, Mohan Koo is widely recognized as a cyber security thought leader with a specific passion for the intersection between security and privacy, helping organizations to define a balanced approach. Mohan has helped pioneer “People-centric Security”, leading Dtex to become the first-ever security vendor to successfully implement a “Privacy by Design” technology platform. After returning to Australia from Silicon Valley, Mohan’s journey was recognized by the Pearcey Foundation in 2021 when he received the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dr Deanna Caputo – Chief Behavioral Scientist at MITRE

Dr. Deanna D. Caputo is Chief Scientist for Behavioral Sciences and Cybersecurity at MITRE, supporting US government and National Critical Infrastructure. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing applied experimental research with human participants.

Shawnee Delaney – Senior Manager Global Insider Threat at Uber

Shawnee Delaney is an Insider Threat expert, cyber security consultant, and sought after keynote speaker. She is a decorated intelligence officer and a licensed private investigator who spent the better part of a decade within the Defense Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer and Detachment Chief conducting clandestine Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations around the world, including four warzone tours. Ms. Delaney has also supported the Department of Homeland Security, defending critical infrastructure and industrial control systems within the U.S. and has helped stand up Insider Threat programs with top Fortune 500 companies. She is now the CEO of Vaillance Group, the Head of Uber’s Global Insider Threat Program, and an educator in the Insider Threat and cybersecurity industry.

Melissa Cardiello – Insider Threat Program Manager at Verizon

Melissa Cardiello is the Insider Threat Program Manager at Verizon where she is responsible for overseeing the protection, detection, investigation, and mitigation of internal threats through specialized technology, subject matter expertise, and collaboration with business stakeholders. Prior to joining the telecommunications industry, she spent 5 years supporting an insider threat program in the financial sector and humbly served for 10 years in Law Enforcement as a Crime Scene and Digital Forensic Supervisor where she led several specialized Fraud and ICAC task forces. Melissa earned her Master’s degree in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida and is an advocate for Women in Technology.