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Austin Cusak

Cybersecurity Leadership Development Expert at CISA

Austin Cusak is a cybersecurity education and talent development expert with a breadth of experience ranging from security operations to keynote speaking. With a background in Public Diplomacy, Austin’s work/research focus is on the professionalization of cybersecurity through transitioning technical workers into first-time leaders.

Austin’s unique approach to professional development has been shaped through his diverse experiences in extreme work environments: helping to mature the United States Army’s first Cyber Warfare Battalion at the National Security Agency, living the “radical transparency” lifestyle of Ray Dalio’s hedge fund at Bridgewater Associates, performing Opera and Improv, instructing snowboarders at the top of Utah’s mountains, and managing underwater adventures as a PADI Divemaster.

Austin earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University and dual Master of Science/Arts in International Relations and Public Relations from Syracuse University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University.

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