Cybersecurity for Business: Fast Evolving Landscape

Thought leadership from Portland State University’s Master of Science in Applied Data Science for Business

The Digital Leadership Series is a quarterly panel discussion hosted by The School of Business at Portland State University and the Master of Science in Applied Data Science for Business. This series gathers industry experts, business leaders and decision makers, and Portland State University faculty and students together to explore how the use of digital technologies — and the growing and extensive use of data — is transforming business and the public sector. 

Cybersecurity for Business: Fast Evolving Landscape explores the critical topic of cybersecurity for operating and growing businesses and public sector and nonprofit organizations.

The panelists discuss

  • The evolution of cybersecurity threats and risks
  • The current regulatory and policy landscape
  • A toolkit of solutions, including hardware, software and process
  • Top strategies for business leaders to stay ahead
  • How to tackle the talent shortage

Watch the full virtual panel now:


Reet Kaur: Chief Information Security Officer at Portland Community College, former Director Information Security Governance, Risk and Compliance at Nike

Craig Merchant: Head of Security at Tatari, former Senior Information Security Engineer at Salesforce 

Andrew Migliore: Vice President of Engineering and Security Officer at RadarFirst, former Director of Software Engineering and Vice President of Engineering at Monsoon Commerce

Val Mukherjee: Managing Director at Ernst & Young and Founder of Cyber Future Foundation

Teza Mukkavilli: Chief Information Security Officer at Chargepoint, former Risk and Governance Officer at Facebook

Venky Venkateswaran: Director of Client Security Strategy at Intel


Nat Natraj: Co-founder and CEO of Accuknox and co-founder of Acalvio Technologies

Sunil Kakade: Vice President of Data Engineering at Spirit Health and Portland State University faculty

Ketan Sampat: Academic Director at the Portland State University Master of Science in Applied Data Science for Business and Executive Partner at Elevate Capital Fund

About the Master of Science in Applied Data Science for Business

Demand for digital transformation leaders is growing across industries like manufacturing, tech, insurance, banking and financial services. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 11% increase in national occupational growth for this skillset over the next ten years. 

As the newest graduate business program at Portland State University’s School of Business, the Master of Science in Applied Data Science for Business (MSADSB) was developed with input from leaders of ESCO Group, The Standard, Autodesk, Daimler, Pacific Source, Amazon AWS and Nike. 

The program is expressly designed to help professionals grow as a leader of digital transformation, bridging business acumen and data science skills. Experiential learning and interactive coursework with industry partners help MSADSB candidates develop management and strategy expertise to leverage new and emerging technology and be an advocate of ethical digital transformation and applied data science.

The MSADSB curriculum ensures candidates have exposure to critical tools and skills like R, Python and Tableau and hands-on coursework in novel business models, organizational change, statistical analysis, data mining, visualization and more. With a choice of certificate specialization in business intelligence and analytics, health and clinical informatics, HR analytics or blockchain, MSADSB candidates graduate with two high-impact credentials.

You can learn more about the MSADSB program here

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