Building a diverse talent pipeline in a Fortune 100 company | Cyber Work Podcast

If you want to build a diverse cybersecurity workforce, you can’t wait for the candidates to come to you. You need to actively be looking for them, says Christine Izuakor, owner and founder of Cyber Pop-up, in this clip from the Cyber Work Podcast.

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Christine Izuakor is a Houston native, born of two parents who immigrated to America from Nigeria to pursue higher education. Starting from humble beginnings, Christine has always been motivated to maximize on the opportunities her parents and community created for her. In 2013, Christine decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Security Engineering at the University of Colorado. Her research contributions were published in numerous international journals, and she presented in international conferences from South Korea to Rome, Italy. During this entire journey, Dr. Izuakor also maintained a full-time job within the cyber security team of a Fortune 100 company.

Most recently, in 2020, Dr. Christine Izuakor shook up the industry with her departure from the corporate arena coupled with the launch of her new cybersecurity startup, Cyber Pop-up (, an on-demand cybersecurity service platform powered by vetted freelancers.

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