Merritt Baer: No one has to go down for you to go up. [CISO]
This week our guest is Merritt Baer, a Field CISO from Lacework, and a cloud security unicorn, sits down to share her incredible story working through the ranks to get to where she is today. Before working at Lacework Merritt served in the Office of the CISO at Amazon Web Services, as part of a small elite team that formed a Deputy CISO. She provided technical cloud security guidance to AWS’ largest customers, like the Fortune 100, on security as a bottom line proposition. She also has experience in all three branches of government and the private sector and served as Lead Cyber Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. Merritt shares some amazing advice for up and comers into the field, saying "my personal philosophy is that no one has to go down for you to go up. I'm always encouraging my colleagues, um, and other executives to be thinking about how we can, you know, steal, sharpen, steal, how we can be good for each other, how we can collaborate, how we can, um, create more strengths in one another." We thank Merritt for sharing her story with us.