Events & Programming Chair
Courtney H. Jackson, MSISA, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CHFI is the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC, a woman, minority, veteran-owned small business. Courtney has more than 20 years of certified hands-on experience in Information Technology, encompassing both executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Through her work, she helps government agencies, tech startups, and commercial companies to protect the integrity of their business operations through specialized cybersecurity and risk management solutions.
Courtney completed her studies at Western Governor's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and IT Management, as well as a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance.
Courtney also holds a number of professional industry certifications, including Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM); Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH); Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI); Certified Penetration Tester (CPT), GIAC ISO-27000 accreditation, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+.
Courtney got her start in Information Technology during her tenure in the U.S. Navy. After completing her military service, she took an entry-level position as an IT Help Desk Representative, impressively working her way up to a C-Suite CSO executive in a span of a career before exiting the Corporate space to pursue her entrepreneurial endeavors full-time. Courtney's unique journey has positioned her to mentor women in male-dominated industries by helping them shatter the glass ceiling that stands in the way of their career advancement to executive leadership roles. In addition to programs that she has created to support the professional development of women, she also serves as a mentor for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, an Advisor for the University of South Florida (USF) Cybersecurity Executive Program, a member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) and a fellow of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). Previously, Courtney served as the Membership Director for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Central Maryland Chapter before relocating. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and children.