34Jeffrey Man

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“Splitting up responsibilities and taking my fair share rather than simply assigning tasks and ‘managing’ has worked for me more often than not.”

Twitter: @MrJeffManWebsite: securityweekly.com/hosts

Jeff has more than 38 years of experience working in numerous areas and roles of information security within the Department of Defense and later the private sector. He is a certified NSA cryptanalyst and previously held security research, management, and product development roles with the NSA and was part of its first penetration testing “red team.” For the past 24 years, he has been a pen tester, security architect, consultant, QSA, and PCI SME, providing consulting and advisory services to many of the nation's best-known companies. Currently he is a senior consultant/advisor for Online Business Systems, a co-host of Paul's Security Weekly, and a host of Security & Compliance Weekly.

Do you believe there is a massive shortage of career cybersecurity professionals?

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