Dr Diana Burley

Dr. Diana Burley is an Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection and also a full Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University.  She is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert and has written nearly 80 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing and IT-enabled change.

In today’s episode, Diana and I talk about what cybersecurity really is and we talked about who is susceptible to cyber crime and how we can begin to attract and nurture the right kind of people to help us on our cybersecurity teams.

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Cybersecurity, at its core, means ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of data on electronic systems.

Small businesses can rely on the resources of the Federal Government (NIST and DHS) for guidance on how to secure systems and remediate breaches

CyberBlue is a George Washington University Initiative working to identify individuals on the autism spectrum and position them for specific work roles within the cybersecurity workforce.

Mission fuel inside today's conversation:

  • What unexpected blessings are you most grateful for in your life right now?
  • What’s driving you today in the work that you find yourself doing?
  • Expand on the meaning of cybersecurity as you see it
  • You’ve said that people are often described as the weakest link in cybersecurity, but they don’t have to be. What did you mean by that?
  • When we talk about the cybersecurity workforce, I’m wondering if you’re speaking specifically to people who are trained employees for that space, or you’re describing the entire organization needing to be trained for that mindset.
  • Where do you recommend leaders or small business owners begin to get the education and be able to train themselves and their team?
  • What are some things that we need to give thought to with respect to cybersecurity awareness?
  • Should we be concerned on digital exposure from using social media?
  • How can the small business owner go about attracting nurturing and empowering talent with the cybersecurity focus?
  • Tell us about GWBlue and how you’re using one social challenge to solve another?
  • What resources would you recommend to individuals who are interested in the cybersecurity field?

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