Our Expertise

We are the industry’s most trusted executive search firm in the Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, and Data Privacy fields. Our 30+ years of experience enable us to provide expert industry insights, access to a vast trusted network of candidates, and a track record of placing successful diverse leadership talent that is unsurpassed in the recruitment industry.

Joyce Brocaglia founded Alta Associates in 1986, today Alta is the most prominent executive search firm specializing in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, and Data Privacy. Alta, ranked one of the top 50 executive search firms in the U.S., has an unprecedented track record of placing Chief Information Security Officers and building world-class organizations.

Knowledge, trust, efficiency, diversity, and value are what set Alta apart. See how 

The firm utilizes the Alta Advantage framework, a customized, high-touch process that enables our searches to be both efficient and agile. As subject matter experts we advise you at every stage of the search. That includes assisting clients in developing job descriptions, identifying and preparing interviewers, determining “market value” compensation, defining the interview process and timeline, and crafting the offer. Alta provides the first qualified slate of candidates within 21 days from launch with an average time to fill searches being under 90 days. We always provide a diverse slate of candidates. Over 90 percent of our searches are filled from the very first slate of candidates we present.

Each search is personally managed and performed by a seasoned Managing Director who “owns” that search from beginning to end. Alta’s reputation in the industry and our deep and diverse relationships enable us to identify top talent, have more meaningful conversations, and fill searches quickly.

Diversity of thought has been ingrained in Alta’s search process since our inception. We always provide a diverse slate of candidates to our clients. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond making diverse placements to founding and growing the Executive Women’s Forum (, the largest women’s organization in cybersecurity, IT risk management, and privacy that builds and inspires women leaders.

Alta’s clients range from PE/VC backed start-ups to global, complex, and regulated corporations. 

We work across all industry verticals including: financial services/fintech, healthcare/health tech, pharma/life sciences, consumer, industrials, professional services/consulting, technology, telecommunications, energy, and transportation.

Alta has filled CISO roles, post-breach, for corporations that have experienced some of the most high-profile breaches in history. Alta has placed dozens of first-time CISOs and built security, risk, and privacy teams for organizations that have recognized the need for executive talent. We have built professional services practices and provided high-tech vendor companies with executive talent.

Alta is often called into companies to place transformative leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, and Privacy.  These organizations realize what got them here is not going to get them to where they need to be in the future. They rely on Alta for guidance in developing organizational structures, compensation ranges, job descriptions, and recruitment and succession planning strategies.

Alta is proud to fill 50 percent of its retained searches with professionals of diverse backgrounds. See how Alta’s commitment to building diverse workforces has been ingrained in our approach since our inception. Our team consistently provides a diverse slate of candidates and holds an impressive track record in placing leaders from underrepresented groups.

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