Val Mukherjee, CISSP, Chairman & Founder, Cyber Future Foundation & Servant Leader
About Valmiki Mukherjee:
Valmiki (Val) is Chairman and Founder of Cyber Future Foundation and a globally recognized expert in the cyber and cloud security industry with a focus on innovation and collaboration to address the Information Security needs of the future. He previously served as an Executive Director in the Cyber Advisory Services at EY. For several years, Val has served as a trusted advisor to a number of the top Fortune 500 C-Level executives, public agency leaders and education institution management teams.
Val is considered as an original thought leader in the domain of Cyber Peace and in 2014 established the Cyber Peace Alliance, a global think/do tank of cybersecurity and policy experts advancing the concept of a secure and trusted Cyberspace. Val founded Cyber Future Foundation and its Constituents including the Cyber Peace Alliance to take the initiative forward.
Val is known for his Commitment to the information security professional community and is constantly engaged as a leader and contributor within many standards initiatives, security alliances and consortium. He also serves as the Global Co-chair of Cloud Security Alliance's IAM domain. Val is also the Founder and Current Chairman of CSA North Texas which in a couple of years has grown to be a significant contributor to the global Cloud Security domains. He also addresses graduate classes at leading schools on Information Security, Risk Management and Cloud Security.
- Cyber is a complex issue, you cannot just solve for it with academic knowledge, you need to have hands-on experience.
- Getting someone the hands-on experience is a problem, that’s why it’s a risk with entry level – this causes issues and problems.
- We need a constructive way to get these people meaningful hands-on experience and work.
- There has to be a pathway between academic learning, fundamental knowledge, so their base is strong.
- We need to build this in as much 'Left Shift' as possible and make sure that the digital citizens of tomorrow and of today get this experience for the workforce.
- To stand up a team like this in some organizations can be quite costly.
- Why don’t we shift it towards the final years of education and community experience so that they get that experience then. This is what my new Cybersecurity Venture will focus on.
- This is why Cyber Talent Week (April 22, 2022) is so imperative.
- Apprenticeship is a great model. The way the system is set up now makes it very hard to set this up – this is what we are changing.
- Social good can happen and commercial success can happen – they have to be together.
Cyber Future Foundation: https://cyberfuturefoundation.org/index.html
Cyber Talent Week: https://cybertalentweek22.eventbrite.com/