Chloe Messdaghi, Point3 Security

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Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Chief Strategist
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Point3 Security
Websitehttp://www.ItTakesAHuman.com
Company size (employees)10 to 49
Headquarters RegionNorth America

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• In her role at Point3 Security, Chloé is dedicated to helping skilled professionals overcome biases in the hiring process and throughout their careers. Her work at Point3 helps organizations thwart “bias-creep” in the process of hiring, growing and promoting cyber security professionals. Screening out biases is how she’s helping to transform IT and IT security.
• Among Chloé Messdaghi’s guiding principles are that technology must serve all equitably and be used fairly and, now more than ever, equity across the tech sector and cyber community in particular must increase. Chloé believes that one crucial step in achieving those goals is to help open doors for persons from underrepresented groups, so she started WeAreHackerz, a private global community committed to helping underrepresented groups grow their skills and their professional reach. WeAreHackerz welcomes persons of marginalized genders, including but not limited to non-binary individuals, women (trans and cis), trans men, genderqueer, etc. The group welcomes members across all nationalities, races, religions, ages, or other characteristics that make each of us unique. WeAreHackerz provides guidance, support, workshops, CTFs, job opportunities, networking and a supportive community.
• Industry conferences and major media outlets increasingly turn to Chloé as a trusted source on issues of cybersecurity and achieving equitable treatment in the technology sector. She is a popular speaker at infosec and cybersecurity conferences, and has presented at over 100 conferences, including RSAC, Hacking Diversity at DefCon, Pacific Hackers, AI and Cybersecurity Conference at UC Berkeley, Include Cybersecurity Con, BSidesSF, NullCon, OWASP Seasides, BSides Austin, HackMiami, THOTCON, HouSecCon, Day of Shecurity Boston/SF, LayerOne Con, NolaCon, Diana Initiative, NorthSec, BSidesLV, DEFCON AppSec Village, DEFCON Recon Village, Global AppSec DC (OWASP AppSec USA), GrrCON, LASCON, BSidesMSP, CISSA Summit, Texas Cyber Summit, QueerCon, BSides London, SOURCE Con, BSides Chicago, RSAC, RuhrSec, AltSec, VirSecCon, SECARMY, WiCyS, and RSAC Asia.

Brief Overview

Chloé Messdaghi, Ethical Hacker Advocate and Humanitarian, is Chief Strategist for Point3 Security, providers of innovative, gamified, continuous education and skills enhancement for infosec professionals.

Chloé is dedicated to helping skilled professionals prove and continually enhance their knowledge and skills. “The fact is that certifications don’t prove capabilities, evidence does. With ongoing gamified training in corporate environments to continually enhance high-skilled infosec professionals, interesting truths come to light. For example, sometimes those perceived as among the highest skilled are found to be just adequate or even marginal performers. Conversely, those who perform better aren’t often perceived as high performers. During the application process, it’s important to understand what an applicant’s true skills are – without bias and without regard to gender or ethnicity.”

In addition, as an ethical hacker and infosec strategist, Chloé Messdaghi’s experiences, deep insight into inequities in the IT and security industry, and interest in increasing the number of women in the infosecurity industry, led her to found WeAreHackerz, a private global hacker community of marginalized genders. She also established Women of Security (WoSEC) with cofounders Tanya Janca and Donna Hogan.

Starting from zero just one year ago, WeAreHackerz now has over a thousand members, and is growing every week, and WoSEC continues to create important new recognition, skills and career opportunities for women around the globe.

Chloé holds an advanced degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School; a Master of Science in Politics and International Relations from The University of Edinburgh; A Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of California, Davis; and certifications from Johns Hopkins University in Psychological & Brain Sciences, and from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management in Digital Marketing. In addition, she serves on various boards of nonprofits and humanitarian organizations.

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