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Jul 20, 2015

In this episode

  • Talent shortage - is it real, and how bad is it?
  • We discuss: what does negative unemployment actually mean?
  • Michael asks- ecurity is still relatively new, how do we determined what “qualified” means?
  • What skills are necessary to be a good security professional?
  • Hiring - we discuss how we get better at screening potentially qualified employees
  • We discuss how we can vet out real experience, versus resume skills
  • Mark and Michael discuss specialization, automation, and optimizing our workforce
  • Mark shares his thoughts on growing and retaining top talent


  • Mark Orlando ( @MarkAOrlando )  - As the Director of Cyber Operations, Mark is responsible for Foreground’s Federal practice as well as the Virtual Security Operations Center (V-SOC) managed service. He leads a national team of analysts, engineers, incident responders, and managers who secure some of the most high profile networks in the Federal, financial, commercial, and power and utilities industries. As the senior operations subject matter expert, he is also responsible for security services strategy and advises on strategic Foreground initiatives such as threat intelligence analysis, custom analytics development. Mark is also a key advisor to the company’s award-winning educational unit, Foreground University. Prior to joining Foreground Security, Mark advanced through the technical ranks as a Security Analyst and Technical Lead in a variety of operations environments. In his 13+ years of experience, he has built and led security operations teams at the White House, the Department of Energy, the Pentagon, and numerous commercial organizations. He has also managed the operations division of a major Managed Security Service Provider supporting hundreds of private and public sector clients. Mark enjoys teaching and learning from others. He has presented on security operations and assessment at the Institute for Applied Network Security Forum and RSA Conference. Mark has earned the CISSP, PMP, CEH, ITIL, and multiple SANS GIAC certifications and holds a B.S. In Advanced Information Technology from George Mason University. Mark served in the US Marine Corp where he was a Marine Artillery NCO.

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