Methods to Gain Cyber Competency

Presented by: Edward Vasko, CISSP This talk will present methods & approaches for students and mid-career professionals to potentially leverage to gain a leg up in the search for new cybersecurity career opportunities. This will include views from an education and hiring perspective. About Edward Vasko: Edward Vasko, CISSP, is the Director of Boise State University’s Institute of Pervasive Cybersecurity. He is a cybersecurity leader and entrepreneur with over 30-years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Boise State University, Edward established and was a Senior Vice President at Avertium, a leading national managed security and consulting provider. Before establishing Avertium, he was the co-Founder and CEO of Terra Verde, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to being acquired by growth equity in 2018, Terra Verde was one of the nation’s largest providers of cybersecurity advisory and managed security services, with over 2,000 active clients around the world. Edward’s other passion is tackling the challenge of cyber workforce development. He has served on over 20 education advisory boards providing expertise around cybersecurity industry needs. He was appointed by Arizona’s Governor Ducey to a Commissioner role in Arizona’s Commission for Post-Secondary Education from 2015-2019. He was also appointed as the co-Chair of Arizona’s Cyber Team (ACT) Workforce Development Committee. He was the Industry Co-Chair for the 2019 NIST NICE Conference. Most importantly though, Edward is a proud father and husband.
Methods to Gain Cyber Competency