CERIAS Security Seminar: Navigating the Cybersecurity Profession: Essential Elements for a Satisfying Career

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security
November 3, 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Helen Patton


 Having a satisfying cybersecurity career can feel elusive, even for a seasoned cybersecurity professional.  In this session, we’ll talk about things that all security professionals, of all levels and backgrounds, need to know and do, in order to achieve professional success.  We will cover:

  • The importance of networking, and how to leverage them to achieve your career goals
  • Continuous learning - when, how, and when is it too much?
  • Self-awareness, and why this is the basis for everything you do
  • Managing yourself vs. managing others - when to be a single contributor and when to run a team
  • Handling Security Stress - why does it happen, and what can be done about it
  • Leaving a legacy, what to do if you want to be remembered for more than the immediate job



Helen Patton is an Advisory CISO at Cisco, where she shares security strategies with the security community. Previously she spent eight years as the CISO at The Ohio State University where she was awarded the 2018 ISE North American Academic/Public Sector Executive of the Year.  Before joining Ohio State she spent ten years in risk and resiliency at JPMorganChase.

Helen actively encourages collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security and privacy practices.  She believes in improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and mentors people interested in pursuing careers in security, privacy and risk management.  She advocates for more naps, less Sun Tzu, and is anti-bagpipes.

Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has earned various industry certifications.  She serves on the State of Ohio CyberOhio Advisory Board, the Manufacturing and Digital USA Cybersecurity Advisory Board, and the Ohio State University College of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board. She is a faculty member for the Digital Director’s Network, and the Educause Leadership Institute.

The weekly security seminar has been held every semester since spring of 1992. We invite personnel at Purdue and visitors from outside to present on topics of particular interest to them in the areas of computer and network security, computer crime investigation, information warfare, information ethics, public policy for computing and security, the computing "underground," and other related topics. More info

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