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The Smartest Person in the Room: The Root Cause and New Solution for Cybersecurity by [Christian Espinosa]

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"Christian is a tremendous leader and visionary. His grasp of the cyber ecosystem and how it impacts our ability to defend our networks and protect our data is truly inspiring. He's a charismatic thought leader and lecturer with the ability to capture an audience while breaking down incredibly complex technologies into simple building blocks. As a coach and trainer, he arms his clients with the knowledge required to truly be successful by offering a path into a brave new world where we truly are the masters of our networks and data."
Chester "Chet" Ratcliffe, Chief Scientist and Cyber Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton

"Christian is the subject matter expert's SME, and a natural teacher--making the complex simple to understand at all levels, from deep tech to business strategy and finance. When I want a point of view and a plan I can trust is deeply informed--he's a go-to."
Mike Reavey, Vice President, Enterprise Security at Electronic Arts

"Developing people skills can be a challenge. Developing people skills in the cybersecurity field in a way that drives mission effectiveness is another. In
The Smartest Person in the Room, Christian Espinosa brilliantly merges his decades of leadership training and experience with his cybersecurity expertise to craft an approach to winning the cybersecurity war. And he makes a clear and compelling case for why all cybersecurity professionals should embrace his approach--starting today. If you're a cybersecurity expert, you'll read this book in one sitting because it directly addresses the challenges you struggle with daily. And if you have no direct connection to the cybersecurity field, you'll read it in one sitting as well...only because it speaks to the greater truths of what it is that enables any organization to achieve mission success."
Robert "Cujo" Teschner, Founder, CEO, and Chief Consultant, VMax Group Consulting, Bestselling Author of Debrief to Win: How America's Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership...and How You Can, Too!

"Christian Espinosa has worked with many highly trained, highly skilled, and highly educated people over the course of his career. In the process, he has learned that a high IQ (intelligence quotient) without an equally high EQ (emotional quotient) can put your business at risk when it comes to your communication and client service. As the founder of Alpine Security, he wanted to disrupt the world of business by developing top talent with both intelligence and empathy to help companies recognize and reduce their cybersecurity risk, and to protect the lives and livelihoods of people in both local and global communities. Cybersecurity is, at its core, all about the recognition, understanding of, and reduction of risk. Christian has delivered this message to hundreds of public and private cybersecurity students, and developed strategies and techniques for his company to go beyond the surface and address the root causes of risk.  
Christian has worked as a subject matter expert in almost every area of cybersecurity, from securing aircraft to building security plans for new regulations and security frameworks. As a leader in the field and an expert on cybersecurity, he is constantly scanning the horizon to identify new threats and new risks that face companies both large and small. In this industry it isn't about if you will face a cybersecurity threat, it is about when. Companies can no longer afford to not have a cybersecurity plan or fail to identify the risks to their organization. There is simply too much at stake. This book is a good first step to building your own successful cybersecurity plan, starting with finding the right people to be a part of your team."
Jana White, COO, Alpine Security

"In his book, Christian brilliantly illustrates the 'interpersonal skills deficit' crippling the cybersecurity profession(al) every day. How the need for certainty and significance--to be the smartest person in the room--leads to inflated egos (essentially just a guise for deeply rooted insecurities), and dare I say toxic (often bullying) behaviour. Christian's story of self-discovery is inspiring and couldn't come at a better time. But be warned: There is no silver bullet. Change takes time and starts by you getting honest with yourself. Can you honestly say that you are living your best life today?"
Marilise de Villiers, Founder and CEO, Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting Ltd, Bestselling Author of ROAR!: How to tame the bully inside and out

About the Author

Christian Espinosa is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Security, a cybersecurity engineer, certified high-performance coach, professor, and lover of heavy metal music and spicy food. He's also an Air Force veteran and Ironman triathlete. He used to value being the "smartest guy in the room," only to realize that his greatest contribution to the fight against cybercrime is his ability to bring awareness to the issue through effective communication. Christian is a speaker, coach, and trainer in the Secure methodology, helping to make the smartest people in the room the best leaders in the field. For more information, visit

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08T6QK6FN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lioncrest Publishing (February 2, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 2, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5492 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 282 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 259 ratings

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Christian Espinosa is the Founder and former CEO of Alpine Security (now part of Cerberus Sentinel), an entrepreneur, a white-hat hacker, certified high-performance coach, cybersecurity professor, and lover of heavy metal music (primarily Nightwish), tacos, and spicy food. He’s also an Air Force veteran, world traveler, skydiver, and 24x Ironman triathlon finisher.

Christian used to value being the smartest person in the room. After painful reflection and hitting a glass ceiling, he realized his greatest contribution to leadership and fighting cybercrime is his ability to bring awareness and solutions to the omnipresent challenges associated with high rational intelligence (IQ) / low emotional intelligence (EQ) staff. Christian is a keynote speaker, coach, and trainer in the Secure Methodology, helping make the most intelligent people in the room the best leaders in the field.

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