The New CISO Podcast

Episode 11: Partnering with Higher Education to Prepare Students for a Career in Cybersecurity

On this episode, Woodforest National Bank CISO Marc Crudgington, MBA explains how building effective cyber programs in higher education can help prepare the next generation of CISOs for the challenges of an industry in flux.

Building effective cyber programs in higher education can help prepare the next generation of CISOs for the challenges of an industry in flux. And for those programs to match the realities of industry, real-world experience and mentorship are crucial elements to weave into their DNA.

How do you prepare students for a career in cybersecurity

Being associated with an advisory committee gives you a lot of freedom to really create the programs a future CISO needs to be hirable right out of school. The committee is able to see what classes need to be added to the curriculum, or if more classes aren’t plausible seminars are always an option. But real-world experience and mentorship are crucial elements for those programs to match the realities of industry.

Listen as Steve and Marc tackle topics like:

  • Finding a mentor or mentee
  • The importance of how you present your experience
  • Redundancy within the industry
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Finding a job right out of school

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More About Marc Crudgington

Marc Crudgington serves as the Chief Information Security Officer, SVP Information Security for Woodforest National Bank and is an active member of the University of Houston CIS Industry Advisory Board and Sam Houston State University Digital and Cyber Forensic Engineering Advisory Board.