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Founded in 1986, Alta Associates is the pioneer and preeminent executive search firm specializing in Cybersecurity, Risk Management, and Technology.  As a 2021 Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firm, Alta has a deeply trusted network of industry leaders and a tenured and focused search team with a successful track record of placing cyber and risk executives and the teams that support them.

Alta’s specialization and knowledge result in:

– 93% of searches filled from the first slate of candidates

– 72 days – average time to fill

Alta is a certified woman-owned firm that helps organizations create Cultural Transformation by advancing diversity in leadership.

-In the past 5 years 53% of our searches have been filled with diverse candidates.

Ensuring diversity of thought to their clients has been engrained in what Alta does since their inception. Alta truly believes that diversity matters and helps companies to diversify their teams. Here’s a brief video that highlights why Alta is so successful in reaching and placing diverse candidates.

Alta’s commitment to diversity goes beyond placing diverse candidates. Two decades ago Alta founded the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF). Today, the EWF is the largest member organization dedicated to engaging, developing, and advancing women leaders in their field.

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Knowledge, diversity, trust, efficiency, and value are what sets Alta apart.

The firm utilizes the Alta Advantage framework, a process that includes assisting clients in developing job descriptions, identifying and preparing interviewers, determining “market value” compensation and defining the interview process and timeline. They provide the first qualified slate of candidates within 21 days from the launch and complete most searches within 90 days. Alta charges no administrative fees and each search is personally managed by a seasoned search director who “owns” that search from beginning to end.

Alta Associates is a certified woman owned firm committed to providing a diverse slate of candidates. Joyce Brocaglia, Alta’s CEO is named “One of the Most Influential Women in Security”, and recipient of the prestigious “CSO Compass Award” and “Shared Assessment Lifetime Achievement Award”  for outstanding achievement in cybersecurity and risk management leadership. Brocaglia is also the Founder of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy (ewf-usa.com) the largest member organization dedicated to building women leaders in the field.

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Knowledge, trust, efficiency, diversity and value are what set Alta apart.
The firm utilizes the Alta Advantage framework, a process that includes assisting clients in developing job descriptions, identifying and preparing interviewers, determining “market value” compensation and defining the interview process and timeline.

They provide the first qualified slate of candidates 21 days from the launch and their goal is to complete the search within 90 days. Alta charges no administrative fees and each search is personally managed by a seasoned recruiter who “owns” that search from beginning to end.

Alta Associates is a woman-owned firm committed to providing a diverse slate of candidates. Brocaglia, named “One of the Most Influential Women in Security” and recipient of the prestigious “CSO Compass Award” for outstanding achievement in security and risk management leadership is also the Founder of Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy (ewf-usa.com) the largest member organization dedicated to advancing women in the field.

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3 Predictions for 2021 That Every CHRO Must Know 

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Permanent Job Losers Top 3.8 Million as President Tests Positive for COVID-19

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When to Turn to an Executive Search Firm

Employers typically use an executive search firm when a top job opening is important enough, senior enough and when discretion is at a premium. There are times when your gut simply says that a C-level executive opening will be tough to fill. Sometimes a start-up has hit the hockey-stick inflection point in its growth and needs

Hiring Looks Strong Heading Into Second Half of 2018

As employers grapple with a highly competitive hiring environment that is causing prolonged job vacancies across the U.S., workers will reap the benefits. According to CareerBuilder‘s ‘Midyear Job Forecast,’ a full 63 percent of employers plan to hire in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year. A substantial percentage of employers said

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Diverse & Pioneering – Alta Associates Names Pam Stenson Chief Resiliency Officer

FLEMINGTON, N.J., March 19, 2018 – Alta Associates announced today the hiring of Pam Stenson in the newly formed role of Chief Resiliency Officer. Alta, known as the most prominent executive search firm specializing in Cybersecurity and IT Risk, will utilize Pam’s wealth of executive-level experience with CIOs to broaden their trusted network and recruiting capabilities

Alta Associates Lends Expertise to New Report Calling for Revolutionary Approach to Cyber Security

FLEMINGTON, NJ, September 8, 2016 — Alta Associates announced the joint release of the first-annual 2017 TAG Cyber Security Annual — Practical Handbook and Reference Guide for the Working Cyber Security Professional. Alta Associates is part of an industry collective of 48 of the nation’s foremost cyber security vendors participating in the report, which was published by The

Alta Associates Announces Inaugural Scholarship for Women and Minorities

FLEMINGTON, NJ, April 4, 2016 — Alta Associates, the leading boutique executive search firm specializing in cybersecurity and founders of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) announced the “Alta Associates Leadership Development Scholarship for Women and Minorities.” The $6,000 scholarship will provide one recipient a full year tuition to the EWF Leadership

Hunt Scanlon Recognizes Alta Associates as a Top 20 ‪Cybersecurity Recruiter

FLEMINGTON, NJ, March 8, 2016 — In the mid-1990s, when Joyce Brocaglia took on her first assignment to help build an information security operation for Citibank, it was a very different world. No one knew how much the Internet would grow and ultimately transform society. Technology was more primitive. Data was less accessible. And the massive connectivity we

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