Joyce Brocaglia

Managing Director and Global Practice Leader, Technology Officers and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, Managing Directors

Joyce Brocaglia is a visionary entrepreneur who created both the first executive search firm specializing in cybersecurity and a ground-breaking membership organization that builds women leaders in cybersecurity, risk, and privacy. Joyce’s innovation in her field has created widespread impact for individuals, corporations, and the nation. She is a business advisor to her clients who has gained the trust and respect of the industry’s most influential executives by helping them to accomplish their strategic hiring, diversity, and leadership development goals.

For nearly four decades, Joyce has helped to define, elevate and integrate the role of cybersecurity leaders in firms ranging from private equity, and venture-backed growth companies to the world’s largest and most complex global corporations.

Renowned as a career advisor to executive thought leaders and a pioneering advocate for developing women leaders in cybersecurity, she is highly sought after for her profound expertise in the industry, acute understanding of market conditions, and valuable business intelligence.

Joyce is widely recognized as the foremost authority in Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) recruitment. Renowned for her expertise in cybersecurity recruitment and her fervent advocacy for leadership diversity, she is in high demand as a speaker and advisor.

Joyce founded Alta Associates in 1986, and it has since become the most prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in Cybersecurity, Risk Management & Technology, now a legacy company integrated into Diversified Search Group, reshaping its Cybersecurity and Technology-focused practices. In 2002 she founded the Executive Women’s Forum, the pioneer member organization advancing women leaders in cybersecurity, risk management and privacy.

Her expertise has been featured in prominent publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Network World, Network Computing, and numerous cybersecurity publications. Notably, she co-authored “The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity,” shedding light on workforce challenges for women in the cybersecurity field.

Joyce serves on numerous Board of Directors and Advisors and has been recognized for her contributions to the cybersecurity industry with many awards:

Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:

2020 – Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cybercrime Support Network

2020 – Appointed to the New York University (NYU) Cybersecurity Advisory Council

2019 – Appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Women’s Technology Council of New York Institute of Technology

2018 – Appointed to Board of Trustees of Drew University in N.J.

2015 – Appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals.

2012 – Appointed to the Board of Advisors of Shared Assessments

Awards and Publications:

2022 – Top 100 Women in Business in N.J.

2021 – Shared Assessments Lifetime Achievement Award in Cybersecurity

2021 – Force for Change Award – Leading Women Entrepreneurs

2020 – Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in N.J.

2019 – New York University Women Leaders in Cybersecurity Award

2018 – NJBiz Top 50 Women in Business

2016 – SmartCEO Award

2015 – CSO Compass Award for Outstanding Achievement in Security and Risk Management Leadership


BS, Accounting
Montclair State University