The CISO Stories Podcast Episode #21 – June 15, 2021

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1. Fixing the Talent Shortage: CyberSecurity Talent Initiative – 10:00 AM-10:30 AM

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As threats to the nation’s security grow, there remains a substantial and increasing shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. The federal government and private sector can work together to fill their open positions and attract the next generation of motivated mission-driven cybersecurity leaders. This podcast discusses the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, a federal/private partnership which provides up to $75,000 in student loan assistance for individuals hired by the private sector companies after developing skills through a two-year program in the federal government.



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Alexander Niejelow

Alexander Niejelow – Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Coordination and Advocacy at Mastercard

Alexander Niejelow is senior vice president for cybersecurity coordination and advocacy. In this capacity, Mr. Niejelow is responsible for coordinating cybersecurity matters across Mastercard’s business units and departments, as well as the company’s global safety and security advocacy efforts.

Mr. Niejelow previously served as senior vice president of public policy and data protection since joining the Mastercard in February 2016. In this Role, Mr. Niejelow was responsible for policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Mr. Niejelow was director of cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council at the White House, where he focused on efforts to advance the Administration’s cybersecurity, technology, and trade policy priorities. He also served as chief of staff to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he helped coordinate the U.S. Government’s intellectual property policy and enforcement strategies beginning in 2012.

Before joining the White House, Mr. Niejelow was counselor and senior advisor to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security from 2010 to 2012. In this role, Mr. Niejelow advised the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner on matters of international trade policy and operations and worked extensively on agency initiatives aimed at trade facilitation, U.S. economic competitiveness and global supply chain security.

From 2008 until joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Niejelow worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Mr. Niejelow holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University.



Todd Fitzgerald- Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative


Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.