Posts by Rhonda Shantz

Rhonda Shantz is chief marketing officer at Centrify, where she provides innovative enterprise marketing strategies to extend Centrify’s brand awareness globally. Prior to Centrify, Shantz held tech-sector leadership roles at Rocket Fuel, Symantec, and Hewlett Packard. She was a partner and technology practice lead at Porter Novelli, consulting with clients including McAfee, PeopleSoft, HP, Wells Fargo and Qualcomm. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Science from California State University Chico and a Master of Business Administration from California State University Sacramento.


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Why So Few Women in Cybersecurity?

By , May 8, 2017

I’ve seen quite a few articles lately on why there aren’t more women in cybersecurity. It’s a good question, but I think to answer that, we have to look at tech in general. First, let’s step back and acknowledge the progress that has been made. Today’s average tech company looks nothing like it did in the 1980s when I was earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and then later a master’s degree in business. At that time, women working in any roles in technology were a minority. Today, that’s improved in a number of areas within tech including marketing,…

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Confronting the New Cyber Security Reality: Part 2

By , April 12, 2017

Since 2013, breaches have compromised nearly six billion records—that’s an average of almost four million records every day and over 162,000 records every hour! It’s time to face the facts. Today’s security is no longer secure. Enterprise networks have expanded beyond traditional perimeters to include more devices, apps (on-premises and in the cloud) and people. In the absence of these boundaries, the identities that make up modern enterprises are easier to compromise than ever before, and hackers are targeting these identities at an alarming rate. In fact, Forrester estimates 80% of security breaches involve privileged credentials. Traditional security approaches, like passwords…

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Confronting the New Cyber Security Reality: Part 1

By , March 14, 2017

During the peak of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle, two groups of hackers accessed the Democratic National Convention servers. The leak made public emails detailing the DNC’s interactions with the media, both primary candidates’ campaigns and campaign contributions, and personal information about DNC donors, including credit card and Social Security numbers. This historical breach will forever be known for its impact on the 2016 Presidential election. Recently, we’ve seen the frequency of breaches like the DNC attack skyrocket—and no organization is safe. Over the past two years, sixty-six percent of organizations report experiencing five or more breaches, according to…