Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. With more than 20 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 and celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2020.
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 13 th “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.
McCarthy is the Inaugural Advisory Council Chair for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), is on the Board of Directors
for TechBridge, and is on the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse Cyber Executive Board of Advisors. McCarthy served on the
Atlanta Girls’ School Board of Trustees from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, McCarthy joined Spirion’s Board of Directors.
McCarthy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals
(ICMCP), and was previously a member of their Strategic Advisory Board since its founding. She partnered with the ICMCP 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 Security+ Professional Certification via CompTIA. Six
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, ISSA Local Chapter and International Conferences, and more, speaking on cybersecurity, women in
technology/security/business, STEAM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.