CyberMētis: The Practice of Cybersecurity

A CLTC speaker series connecting students with the practice of cybersecurity.


The CyberMētis Speaker Series connects cybersecurity experts and practitioners with UC Berkeley students to discuss the wide range of practical skills and acquired intelligence required to operate in a constantly changing natural, human, and digital environment.



Cybersecurity is a wicked problem.

  • It requires know-how and creativity to manage.
  • It is a socio-technical endeavor requiring social and management skills as much as technical depth.
  • It offers multiple entry points into the practice for students from a diverse range of both academic disciplines and personal backgrounds.

CLTC’s CyberMētis Speaker Series – named for the mythical Greek “Mêtis” known as the titan of wisdom and cunning – invites graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, and faculty from the UC Berkeley campus to engage with experts and practitioners from varied segments of the cybersecurity field with a singular aim: to better define and craft the necessary knowledge and skills for effective action in the evolving digital security landscape.

Review our dynamic roster of past speakers and videos of past talks below — each providing vivid insight into a “day in the life” of a modern cybersecurity professional.

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For industry partners interested in participating please visit CLTC’s Industry Collaborators page.

“Broadly understood, mētis represents a wide array of practical skills and acquired intelligence in responding to a constantly changing natural and human environment.”

James Scott, Seeing Like a State

Fall 2023 Speaker Series

“Cybersecurity and Representation: Diversity, Equity and Innovation”
Jameeka Green Aaron, Chief Information Security Officer at Okta Customer Identity
Monday, September 11

Jameeka Green Aaron is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), responsible for
the holistic security and compliance of Okta’s Customer Identity Cloud, platform,
products, and cloud infrastructure.

She is a recognized industry leader and brings 25 years of experience to the role, with a career that has spanned a wide variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, retail, and manufacturing, at both Fortune 100 and privately held companies—including Nike, Hurley, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Navy.

“When AI is a Four-letter Word: The Next Great Corporate Dilemma”
John deCraen, Associate Managing Director, Cyber Risk
Monday, October 2

Artificial Intelligence and the ever-growing stable of tools that allow us to interact with it have become seemingly ubiquitous overnight. They are accessible in every way we interact with digital life, both at home and at work. Corporations are faced with difficult ethical, security, operational and competitive decisions on how to manage their organizations and the people and technology they rely on. The security and privacy issues are complex and the solutions may be even more so. All aspects of corporate operations have been impacted and now we’ll have to check our well-adjusted culture, governance, risk and compliance activities as well as our tool stack at the door.


“The Cybersecurity Challenge and the Role of Leadership”
MK Palmore, Director, Office of the CISO, Google Cloud
Monday, November 6

This talk will discuss the role of leadership in helping to solve the global cybersecurity challenge. It will emphasize the balance of technical expertise and the capability of motivating diverse teams to help solve challenges. The principles of leadership include an ability to communicate effectively, inspire teams, create an environment where blameless discussion can occur (allowing team members to learn from failure), and the need to lead from wherever you are in the team structure.



  • Davis Hake, Co-Founder, Resilience, on “The Future CISO and the Evolving Roles of Digital Risk”
  • Hakeem Oseni, Senior Manager of Detection and Response, Salesforce on “Cyber Diplomacy: Mastering the Soft Skills” 
  • Anna Fita, Security Technical Program Manager, IPG on “Navigating Your Cybersecurity Career Through Transitions”
  • Marc Rogers, Co-Founder of CTI-League on “I Fight for the Users: Cybersecurity for the Greater Good” 
  • Chris Jacnczeweski, Head of Global Investigations, TRM Labs
  • Christopher Painter, President, The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation; U.S. Department of Justice (former) 
  • Jessica Peck, Attorney, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Clifford Stoll, Astronomer, Author of The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
  • Sean Zadig, Chief Information Security Officer, Yahoo

To see videos from past CyberMētis speakers, please see below.