Chief Information Security Officers at Industry-Leading Companies Dominate ICMCP & Symantec Diversity Summit

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Top Security Leadership and Innovators across Silicon Valley join forces to challenge, analyze and take action to create greater opportunities for women and minorities in Information Security.

The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) today announced several thought-leading Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of industry-leading companies, among the premier cybersecurity diversity summit being co-hosted by Symantec Corporation to be held on October 6th during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Symantec headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

The ICMCP West Coast Summit will bring together technology and security leaders in Silicon Valley. The summit builds on the success of the inaugural ICMCP National Conference held in Washington D.C. in March and the earlier D.C. town hall meeting hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson. It will provide greater opportunity to expand the dialogue across the nation and foster meaningful discussion and thoughtful engagement on the necessary strategic, tactical and operational imperatives needed to attract and develop minority cybersecurity practitioners. Further, through breakout sessions, audience members will participate in choosing measurable action plans that will be translated into formal policies and programs.

Emily Heath, Global Chief Information Security Officer at AECOM shares why she accepted the honor of Keynote Speaker for the Summit. “I am extremely honored to speak at the West Coast ICMCP Summit and share my story about what led me to the cyber security field. Diversity is an essential part of what makes a team and an organization thrive. Diversity strengthens our work and our field by offering different perspectives, challenging the status quo and enabling independent thinking and creativity. ICMCP addresses the need for diversity in this challenging and rapidly growing field where we need all the creative muscle we can get. The future of cyber security will be stronger as a result of ICMCP’s great work.”

The Summit, hosted by Symantec, has received tremendous interest across the information security industry, but response from Senior-Level executives at companies that lead in innovation, has been swift. Each of the CISO’s below have agreed to share their personal stories and lend their unique perspective on the power of diversity and inclusion within information security:

  • Franklin Donahoe, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Sara Hall, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer (CISO), Human Longevity, Inc.
  • Emily Heath, Global Chief Information Security and Officer, (CISO), AECOM
  • John Popolizio, Managing Partner and Chief Information Security & Risk Officer, Riverdale Group, LLC.

Franklin Donahoe, CISO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, highlights the importance of this type of event and the ongoing discussion of diversity and inclusion within the cyber security industry, “Information security is not only about managing risk, but solving complex business and technical challenges. The evolving nature of the threats create constantly shifting demands for different people, from different walks of life, to contribute their unique experiences and points of view to new challenges as they arise. Over time, stale or repetitive approaches to problem-solving will only hinder the InfoSec community's ability to adapt to new and emerging global problems.”

During the full-day summit, information security and diversity thought leaders will hold a series of expert panel and audience-driven discussions and examine ways to further the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in cyber security.
For more information and to register for the event please visit


The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It began official operations in September 2014 and is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to provide members with educational/technical scholarships, mentoring opportunities, professional development and networking.

About Symantec
Symantec Corporation is the global leader in cybersecurity. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.

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