She Studied Her Way Around The World...Into An InfoSec Life

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An InfoSec Life interview with Selena Templeton

Sam King, Senior Vice President and General Manager at CA Veracode (a part of CA Technologies), chats with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton about her journey into InfoSec.

Sam shares how she “studied her way around the world,” starting with her first experience in a computer lab at her all-girls boarding school in India (and muses how it being the only air-conditioned room in the school may have influenced her decision!). She went to Scotland to get her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, which then led to a Master’s in computer and information science in the U.S. – and shares how being in tech in three different countries compares.

The landscape of InfoSec was vastly different back in 2000 when she got her first job as developer out of university (it's a lot easier explaining to people at cocktail parties what she does in 2018!), and admits that when she started working in cybersecurity, her first thought was: “What have I done??” But she stuck with it because she saw the value in it – how she can help people, companies and society.

She talks about her move from university life to corporate life, the challenges she faced along the way, and how she managed up, down and across to grow her career and become a successful business leader.

It was a real delight to have this conversation with Sam whose passion for what she does shines through – and she sheds some light on the last 18 years of InfoSec from her point of view.

About Sam King

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Sam King is the General Manager of CA Veracode, a part of CA Technologies, with responsibility for all functions within the CA Veracode business unit. With more than 17 years of experience in InfoSec, Sam is a recognized expert in application security and the emerging practice of DevSecOps. She is a frequent speaker at industry events including RSA, Gartner Security Summit and InfoSecurity. She was recognized by Mass High Tech as a Woman to Watch, an award that honors contributions of women in technology and life sciences.

Previously, Sam held the role of CA Veracode’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for product management, marketing, corporate development and the company’s customer-facing solution architects. She joined CA Veracode from VeriSign and Guardent, where she led the development of security-as-a-service offerings and held product management, product marketing, professional services and customer relationship management responsibilities.

Sam received her Masters of Science and Engineering in Computer and Information Science from University of Pennsylvania. She received her BS in Computer Science from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where she earned the prestigious Charles Babbage Award, awarded to the student with the highest academic achievement in the graduating class.

She loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her family.

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