AppSec California 2020, January 21-24 at the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA
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Merissa Villalobos


Merissa Villalobos, has been a Cybersecurity Recruitment professional for over 10 years and she has built a national Talent Acquisition department from the ground up, managed a global recruiting team for the largest (purely) security consulting firm in the world and now works as a dedicated ESO Recruiter for Tanium, the world’s only real-time endpoint communications platform for the enterprise. Merissa started her career in the DC/MD/VA area at a Federal Government contractor, where she recruited for the intelligence community and various Federal Government agencies. When she moved back to soCal, she worked at a staffing agency, where she recruited for the Military, Government agencies and tech giants like Google. After her short stint there, she became a Talent Acquisition Leader for 2 consecutive security consulting firms and played a key role on the HR team in managing the contingent workforce, leading diversity recruitment, developing workforce plans and being a strategic recruitment partner. Merissa is on the Leadership Team for WSC (Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu) for the soCal chapter, she is a Board Member for ISSA Los Angeles and helps plan career villages for local events like ShellCon and LayerOne. In 2018, she delivered a talk at ShellCon, called “Wecurity” to provide some data-based insight on diversity and the value it brings to an organization. Merissa is also a 4-time BSides Las Vegas resume reviewer for Hire Ground, has volunteered for Day of Shecurity and has also been featured in a Security Weekly interview with Paul Asadoorian, where they discussed WSC and building a more inclusive and diverse cybersecurity workforce.