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Deborah Golden

US Cyder & Strategic Risk Leader - Deloitte US

We are the women in cyber. The few protecting the many. The underrepresented, who over influence. The half of the world, who see the problems differently, who solve them uniquely. We are the women in cyber safeguarding society. Protecting us all. We need more like us. We need more like you.

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Meet Deborah, when she’s not leading and inspiring the US Cyber practice for Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, you might find her training the next generation of service dogs. Her commitment to serving others runs deep and that includes making sure that Deloitte Cyber is best positioned to help its clients address their most complex challenges from digital transformation to exploring 5G, connected technologies, supporting a remote workforce and beyond.

Deborah believes having a diverse group of leaders come to the table to solve complex problems is an imperative when it comes to cyber. Security teams have looked the same for years due to preconceived notions defining security professionals. "As the threat landscape evolves, we need to also pivot our approach to cyber talent." Deborah says the industry has a long way to go to include more individuals from typically underrepresented groups, but that is why her commitment to Deloitte Cyber is to bring that diversity of backgrounds, demographics and experiences to our clients in order to bring the diversity of thought needed to solve the challenges associated with an evolving threat landscape.

About her work:

Deborah has 25 years of information technology experience spanning numerous industries with an in-depth focus on government and public services, life sciences and health care and financial services. She specialises in collaborating with clients on cybersecurity and technology transformation, and privacy & governance initiatives. Additionally, Golden serves on Virginia Tech’s Masters in Information Technology Advisory Board.

Golden is an active speaker and author on cybersecurity top-of-mind issues and women in cyber mentoring. She has co-authored and spoken on the following topics:

  • "AI-Augmented Cybersecurity," discussing how cognitive technology can address the cyber workforce shortage;
  • "Addressing Cyber Threats: Multi-Factor Authentication for Privileged User Accounts," describing how passwords are not enough and proactive steps organisations can take; and
  • "Elevate Women in the Workplace," featured speaker at the SheBelieves Summit, whose mission is to empower individuals to achieve their goals in this ever-changing marketplace.

Golden’s insights have also been published in The Wall Street Journal and FCW on the topics of multifactor authentication and thinking like an adversary. She has appeared in numerous news outlets including Federal Times and Federal News Radio on issues ranging from biometrics to cyber simulations.

Golden was named to the Top 10 Cyber Executives to Watch where she elaborates on her passion for cyber and the elevation of cyber risk across the boardroom and executive agendas as the imperative to manage programmes from a risk perspective continues to evolve and mature.

We need more like Deborah. We need more like you.

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