March 27, 2018 – Global spending on cybersecurity by companies and governments is expected to reach over $90 billion this year, according to information technology research advisory group Gartner.
There are some 500,000 cyber attacks globally every day – with American companies experiencing billions of dollars in intellectual property theft, much of which goes either unnoticed or unreported.
All of this is fueling big business for executive recruiters serving the sector’s talent needs. One such search firm, Benchmark Executive Search, a boutique provider of cybersecurity talent, recently strengthened its advisory board with the additions of Jim Cummings, former chief security officer at JP Morgan Chase; Jeanne Tisinger, a past CIA deputy director for support; and retired Lt. General Kevin McLaughlin, previous deputy commander at U.S. Cyber Command.
In an effort to address the growing need for a full spectrum of enterprise risks in corporate boardrooms, Benchmark is leveraging its network of experts, ranging from cybersecurity, physical security, insider threat and risk management. These experts come from the highest levels in the intelligence, defense, and national security communities, the recruiter said, and are in high demand by corporate America which needs their expertise in understanding how to defend networks, protect corporate assets, mitigate risks and implement best practices.
Prior to JP Morgan, Mr. Cummings held various U.S. government roles including: commander 67th Network Warfare Group at Air Force; chief of intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) policy at Air Force; and director of Homeland Defense at National Security Council/White House.
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Ms. Tisinger is currently CEO of JCT Consulting. During her three-decade career at the CIA, she most recently served as a deputy director, where she was responsible for the agency’s physical and cybersecurity infrastructure and information technology across more than 100 countries. Earlier in her career, she served as chief information officer and director of global infrastructure, managing and coordinating the agency’s data analytics programs.
Mr. McLaughlin is an established, senior cyberspace and space leader with extensive experience in creating and leading large, complex and innovative organizations. In his current role with U.S. Cyber Command, he led over 12,000 military personnel in the world’s largest cyberspace operations organization responsible for global operations defending the Department of Defense network, providing cyber options for global commanders, and defending U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. Mr. McLaughlin’s previous experience includes: commander 24th Air Force; deputy director global operations at U.S. Strategic Command; and vice commander U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.
“These esteemed and respected subject matter experts will provide Benchmark with valuable market perspective, best practices to cyber and risk solutions, and insight into top talent,” said Jeremy King, the firm’s president. “We look forward to working closely with these experts who will lend their vision, unique knowledge and experience to our commercial and federal clients.”
Mr. Cummings said that finding talent for the sector is challenging. “Today’s security environment requires truly innovative and experienced executive-level game-changing leadership, focused on true risk, cutting-edge technology and tactics to protect today while dynamically strengthening capabilities to be delivered tomorrow,” he said “Finding these leaders is not an easy task.”
Scrambling for Cybersecurity Leaders is Big Business for Recruiters
Cyberattacks are growing in magnitude, complexity and frequency, and these massive security lapses have left many companies vulnerable. The need for cybersecurity executives reaches across virtually all industries.
The new members will join 14 other subject-matter experts on Benchmark’s national security and cyber advisory board.
Benchmark Executive Search focuses on helping start-ups, emerging growth and mid-cap companies recruit leaders with government or private public sector experience to work in the defense, intelligence and national security markets in areas like information technology, military communications, homeland security, cyberwarfare, cloud, analytics and more.
Mr. King, the firm’s founder, has nearly 20 years of senior level recruiting experience. He specializes at the intersection of VC/PE backed technology innovators, government contractors and federal mission needs matching them to senior cyber/national/corporate security executives and board members. Mr. King has developed deep relationships with government and industry insiders, particularly within the intelligence, DoD and national security communities. He has worked with over 350 startups, emerging growth companies as well as publicly traded leaders.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media