Women in Tech
Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories
Cybersecurity attacks are doubling every year. Phishing scams are at an all-time high. These days, CEOs and business owners are the people who answer for security breaches—and those who aren’t prepared and up-to-date are jeopardizing everything. Enter TARAH WHEELER: one of America’s leading digital security veterans, a “white hat” hacker, and the author of Women in Tech—“the essential handbook for women in technology”(Library Journal). Practical, hands-on, and brimming with her signature charismatic style, she offers non-tech professionals clear, actionable guidance on how to secure themselves and protect their customer’s data in the 21st century.
Today, every single person at an organization must feel confident in their ability to protect themselves against a minefield of risks. Password hacking, email phishing, ransomware attacks—these emerging threats against every business have only been made stronger by the global move towards remote and hybrid work. And while it might be easy to fault someone who unwittingly clicks on a link—what people don’t realize is how vast and systematic this issue really is. Fortunately, Tarah Wheeler does. A skilled practitioner in the realm of digital security, Wheeler’s dazzling resume includes working with organizations like Symatenc, Splunk, and Microsoft, as well as revered institutions from Harvard to Oxford. A white hat hacker, Wheeler knows how to proactively find security weaknesses and fix them before they can be exploited. As a result, her smart, effective talks show leaders how to turn potentially major and costly security problems into non-issues. Wheeler’s on-the-ground technical expertise is combined with such a clear, compelling presentation style that it’s easy to understand even the most complex concepts. Because we’re facing opponents who are highly sophisticated, we must learn and apply stronger defense behaviors at every level—whether that’s teaching employees how to properly create and store passwords, or building and implementing a company-wide security system. Under Wheeler’s leadership, audiences will learn how to build resilient systems; create a sense of accountability among team members; and personally empower themselves with an arsenal of tools for safe-guarding their privacy.
Once named the top female cybersecurity influencer in the world, Wheeler is also the author of Women in Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories, which details her experience in the male-dominated space of cybersecurity. It was a #1 Amazon career guide bestseller, and topped both the women in business and technology nonfiction lists. In addition to her technical know-how, she can expertly advise on how to improve the industry to include, support, and uplift women based on her own personal experience.
A global leader in keeping private citizens and corporations safe from cyber attacks, Wheeler is an International Security Fellow at New America; a Belfer Cybersecurity Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; a contributing cybersecurity expert for The Washington Post; and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. Most recently, she was selected for the prestigious Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award. Under the scholarship, she will conduct research at Oxford University, in conjunction with the UK National Health Service, on mitigating the harms civilians face in nation-state sponsored cyberattacks.
Wheeler is an advisory board member for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a board of directors member at several cybersecurity companies. She has also led projects at Microsoft Game Studios, including the iconic video game franchise Halo. She holds an MSc from Portland State University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD). She is also a pre-candidate for a PhD in Complex Systems and Political Science from the University of Michigan and a National Science Foundation Fellow. A Texas holdem poker player, she acquired her startup funds by cleaning out poker rooms in the Northwest and Las Vegas.
“What a hit! Tarah was a super warm, professional, and engaging speaker. She was so interesting and we loved that she split her hour into two segments: the first, a conversation with the audience, and the second a fireside-type chat for Q&A. She was a wonderful start to our 2022 event!”Municipal Information Systems Association
“Tarah was an absolute hit! The audience loved her.”Verizon Media
“We wanted to thank you once again for delivering what is being called the best PASS Summit keynote ever. The entire conference was buzzing with excitement and conversation following your presentation. It was beyond thought provoking!”Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)
“Tarah was absolutely terrific. The dimensions of her presentation were very well received: she touched on some leadership and management techniques in times of cyber volatility and it went over very well.”- Asis International