Marci McCarthy

Board Member

Marci McCarthy is the CEO and Chairman of ISE® Talent and the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. With nearly 30 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, McCarthy founded T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

A 2012 recipient of a 4th Congressional District of Georgia Citation, McCarthy was lauded for fostering greater visibility and professionalism for the IT security industry, naming March 13th “Marci McCarthy Day.” McCarthy was listed as one of IFSEC Global’s Security and Fire Influencers for 2018 as #3 of 20 total leaders in their Cybersecurity category; she was also the highest-ranking woman on the list.  In 2022, Marci received a proclamation from the Georgia State Senate recognizing her leadership and dedication to improving security in the State of Georgia, both in our information technology systems and at the ballot box, ensuring trust both by the people of Georgia.

Marci currently serves Spirion’s Board of Directors and on University of Alabama’s Culverhouse Cyber Executive Board of Advisors.  Most recently, Marci was the Inaugural Advisory Council Chair for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), was the longest serving TechBridge Board Member and served on the Atlanta Girls’ School Board of Trustees.

McCarthy is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Cyversity and partnered with the organization to create “The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program,” which provides $5,000 over a two-year period to help talented women and minority students advance into cybersecurity and obtain their CompTIA Security+ Professional Certification. Eight deserving individuals have been awarded this scholarship to date. 

McCarthy has been a guest lecturer, speaker, and moderator at national conferences such as the ISE® Executive Forum and Award Program Series, many ISSA Local Chapter and International Conferences, and more, speaking on cybersecurity, women in technology/security/business, STEAM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.

Spirion CEO Kevin Coppins