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Cybersecurity Executive Search

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Alta Associates | Diversified Search Group’s executive search team leaders are subject matter experts with a proven track record in delivering top talent in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, Data Privacy and Technology. With over 30 years of experience as trusted advisors to industry thought leaders, we provide our clients with market intelligence, strategic insights, and industry knowledge that result in efficient and effective search results.

We have an unsurpassed track record of placing Chief Information Security Officers and IT Risk Officers and building the teams that support them.

Our practice utilizes the Alta Advantage framework, a proprietary process that includes assisting clients in developing job descriptions, organizational structures, identifying and preparing interviewers, determining “market value” compensation, and defining the interview process and timeline.

The Alta Advantage produces customized, client-focused, agile and successful results. We provide a qualified slate of candidates 21 days from the launch of the search. Over 90 percent of our searches are filled with first-round candidates, and our average time to fill a search is 72 days.

We always provide a diverse slate of candidates and our Cybersecurity Global Practice Leader, Joyce Brocaglia, is 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. Brocaglia is also the Founder of Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy ( the largest member organization dedicated to advancing women in the field.

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We’ve been a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years.


Alta Associates has successfully filled a broad spectrum of cybersecurity leadership roles. The Alta team specializes in placing Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISO) and their direct reports leading areas such as cloud, incident response, governance, architecture, applications, engineering, strategy, identity management, vulnerability management, DevSecOps, software security, secure network operations, business information security officers, training and awareness, business continuity and more. Alta has unique capabilities sourcing diverse and qualified cybersecurity leaders who are technically competent, business-savvy, and possess executive communication skills. As companies are increasingly faced with new cybersecurity challenges, they are retaining Alta to find executives to lead them into the future.

Alta Associates | Diversified Search Group partners with organizations embracing a rapid pace of transformation, such as migration to the cloud, who are seeking agile cyber leaders who understand how to drive resiliency, safety, and compliance in modern environments. We are capable of identifying highly skilled management expertise to guide an organization’s people, process, and resources across multiple cyber and information environments. Leaders with clear vision and ability to establish a strong cyber culture for traditional, cloud, and continuous DevSecOps best practices critical for organizations to thrive and meet their business goals.

Alta has successfully placed Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, and Privacy leaders at companies of every size and in every industry

Placing Chief Information Security, Privacy and IT Risk Management Officers for companies who are:
– Post high-profile breaches and attacks
– Hiring a first CISO
– Conducting confidential searches to replace and elevate the current CISO
– Partners for Professional Services/Consulting Firms
– Have Regulatory or Audit requirements

Seeking Partners for Professional Services/Consulting Firms
– Functional Cybersecurity roles include: Security Architecture, Engineering, Application, Strategy, Threat Management, Security Operations, Digital Forensics, Investigations, Cloud, Data Science, IAM
– Heads of Security Engineering, Vulnerability Management, Security Architecture, Network Security, Business Information Security Officers

IT Risk Management, Compliance, and Privacy

Alta Associates | Diversified Search Group has extensive experience building Information Technology Risk Management and Privacy organizations. Alta has partnered with companies to place cyber and digital risk leaders capable of standing up or modernizing an organization’s governance, risk, compliance (GRC), and privacy programs. From identifying risk sources to training business teams on risk governance and processes, Alta’s GRC Management and Privacy candidates elevate the state of risk preparedness and governance for organizations. Typical assignments include Head of IT Risk Management, and Senior Information Risk Officers for each line of business, VP Third Party Risk Assessment, and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, as well as Chief Privacy Officer.

Organizations are growing their distributed networks and partnerships making them more connected than ever before. The rise of the digital enterprise also calls for savvy leadership to manage the digital risk and changing privacy and compliance requirements that come with innovative and sophisticated technology landscapes. Cyber risk, privacy, and compliance leadership provides enterprise-wide guidance to critical stakeholders such as business leaders, board members, insurance providers, and third party providers on risk tolerance and treatment strategies. From establishing the organization’s risk culture and governance to sharing information and distributing responsibility, information technology risk leaders with specific skills in Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Privacy are essential to the organization’s digital strategy and mission.

Transformational Technology

Transformational technologies are driving new business models for organizations. New capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence models can analyze threats to automatically respond to attacks. Or generate automated intelligence reports driven by big data models for all lines of business. These new approaches enable organizations to drive real-time efficiencies and strategic advantages for all their stakeholders. To fully leverage the benefits of modern technologies, organizations are seeking transformational leaders. These leaders understand the criticality of legacy systems, while also driving a transformational roadmap to guide organizational change. Alta Associates has a strong track record of placing leaders that are decisive to match the rate of organizational decision-making, build empowered teams, and are highly collaborative to ensure successful adoption of new strategies.

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Alta partners closely with investment firms and the leaders of their portfolio companies to find the most talented and diverse cybersecurity, risk, privacy, and technology professionals who will fill key leadership roles so your investments can actualize value and growth. We’ve worked with seed-stage startups and growth-stage companies who have just raised their Series A or Series B and beyond. We partner closely with boards, investors, and management teams to identify needs, define success criteria, and achieve the best outcomes.

Alta Associates can partner with you on placing leaders and building teams in all areas of Cybersecurity including: C-Suite, Architecture, Engineering, Operations, Products, Professional Services, Cloud, DevSecOps as well as IT Risk Management, Privacy, and Data Science. We can also fill Board of Director and Advisory Board seats.

We work across all industries, financial services/fintech, healthcare/health tech, PE/VC-backed companies, professional services/consulting, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

Representative searches for PE/VC-backed companies and Investment Firms include:

• Global Investment Firm – multiple portfolio company leadership searches in the areas of CISO, Security Operations, Insider Threat, 3rd Party Risk, Identity Access Management, Professional Services

• CISO – for an application security company that provides a SaaS application security solution that integrates application analysis into development pipelines

• CISO – for a cloud-native endpoint security software company that is designed to detect malicious behavior and to help prevent malicious files from attacking an organization

• CISO – for a provider of core back-end systems software to the global property, casual, and worker’s compensation insurance industry

• CISO – for a management platform that secures critical resources from cloud to ground for workforce and customers. Okta is the provider of identity for the enterprise

• CEO – for a SASE based security start-up

• Leadership searches in Security Operations, Product Security, Security Architecture, and Security Engineering for a software firm specializing in high-performance blockchain technologies

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