COURTNEY H. JACKSON
I am a Cyber Security Thought Leader & Success Strategist.
My mission is to strengthen the cyber security workforce, help women shatter the glass ceiling in male-dominated fields, and increase global cyber security awareness. Whether you are a current student, an experienced professional looking for a career change, or currently in a technical position and looking to advance in your career, I know exactly what to do to help!
I am also a proud mother, wife, Navy veteran, and Marine Corps Spouse.
I joined the United States Navy right out of high school and proudly served my country.
Once I got out of the Navy, I worked my way up in the computer field working helpdesk, desktop support, system engineering, network engineering, and eventually cyber security, which I have specialized in for over a decade now. I worked as a Security Analyst, a Security Engineer, a Lead Security Assessor, a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert, and most recently worked over three years as a Chief Security Officer (CSO) with an Executive role in growing a now multi-million dollar cyber security consulting company. I was the only female executive in the company!
After that CSO position I said goodbye to corporate and launched my own cyber security firm, Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC. I haven’t looked back as becoming a full-time entrepreneur was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, I impact positive change for companies helping them to protect their sensitive data from exposure and cyber-attacks. I also foster a workplace of learning and growth as my parent company, Paragon Cyber Solutions, has a formal Cyber security Apprenticeship program approved by the Florida Department of Education. My company, Paragon Cyber Solutions, is also an Authorized Delivery Partner with CompTIA and Pearson VUE Test Center. We provide security and workforce training to strengthen the cyber workforce, and I work directly with my staff to increase their Cyber IQ. I am a true advocate for knowledge transfer and helping people excel in their careers, no matter where they currently are.
Being active in my community is very important to me as well. I was selected as an Advisor for the University of South Florida (USF) Cyber Security Executive Program, appointed as the new Events & Programming Chair for Women in Technology International (WITI) Tampa Chapter, and selected as a Fellow for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). I am also a mentor for Women Society of Cyberjutsu and an active member of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce – along with several other local community organizations.
In addition to my 20+ years of hands on working experience in the technology field, I have a Master’s Degree in Information Security and Assurance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a minor in Information Technology (IT) management, and nearly a dozen career certifications – Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), to name a few.
With my in-depth experience, education, and knowledge, I now provide my services on a consulting basis working directly with those interested in learning more about the cyber security field and anyone with ambitions to climb the corporate ladder. You don’t have to wait numerous years to get to where you want to be and know that it is possible if you put in the work. Let’s customize a plan to excel your career!
I am excited to virtually meet you and encourage you to reach out to me to connect. Happy to discuss your specific needs or simply to expand your professional network. I love meeting new people!
Courtney H. Jackson