Marci McCarthy is currently the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding 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. In 2015, McCarthy launched ISE® Talent, which specializes in executive-level searches as well as high-demand security industry skill-sets and specializations across all industry verticals.
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 and naming March 13th “Marci McCarthy Day”. As a finalist in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) 2012 Tech Marketing Awards, she was recognized for demonstrating exemplary competency in using technology to excel in both marketing and business. In 2013, she was named the Leadership Character Award winner in the Small/Medium Business Category by the Turknett Leadership Group. Likewise, McCarthy was named a 2015 Top Entrepreneur in the Middle Market Entrepreneur Category by the Atlanta Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). McCarthy has been recognized in “Who’s Who in Georgia’s Technology Community” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and as a WIT “Woman of the Year” Award Nominee.
In 2016, McCarthy was also welcomed as an honored member to the Atlanta Girls’ School Board of Trustees to contribute her extensive knowledge and experience in cultivating young girls’ minds and futures. In January of 2017, she was named the Inaugural Advisory Council Chair for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to driving the national dialogue on technology security in the United States. McCarthy was also named one of the 2017 Top Women Entrepreneurs in Cybersecurity by IT Security Planet Magazine.
Additionally during 2017, McCarthy—along with her husband, Robert—served as an underwriter of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC), a non-profit organization that was charged with organizing President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration Day and Week.
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 for making great strides in the business, entrepreneurial, cybersecurity, and technology realms; on that list, she was the highest-ranking woman. That same year, McCarthy was also the winner of the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG’s) Diversity Leadership Award of Excellence in the Small Business (Individual) Category, and she was a finalist for the Atlanta Technology Professionals’ Impact Award for her endeavors to encourage growth and success for women and minorities in the Atlanta Metro area and throughout the United States.
McCarthy is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP). She partnered with the ICMCP to help 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 in cybersecurity and obtain their Security+ Professional Certification via CompTIA. To date, six deserving individuals have been awarded this scholarship.
For over a decade, McCarthy has continued to proudly serve on the Board of Directors for TechBridge, which is a nonprofit that works with nonprofits on the frontline of breaking the cycle of generational poverty and provides the technology tools and resources needed to advance their missions more effectively and sustainably. She also has been a guest instructor at their Technology Career Program which was created in partnership with Goodwill of North Georgia and is a free, part time 16-week technology and business education program designed to prepare unemployed or underemployed young adults for a career in the growing technology job market. She also was a Council Member on the Fulton County Chairman’s Council on Cyber Integrity.
In 2019, McCarthy was invited to join the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business Cyber Executive Board of Advisors where she will be providing advisement and oversight to its cybersecurity endowments and revolutionizing its curriculum.
McCarthy is a contributing author to the WIT book, CLIMB: Leading Women In Technology Share Their Journeys To Success, and to Todd Fitzgerald’s book, CISO Compass: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers. She has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University and at the Atlanta Girls School; speaker and moderator at national conferences such as the ISE® Executive Forum and Award Program Series, ISSA International Conference, Local ISSA Chapter Conferences to include the ISSA Middle Tennessee’s InfoSec Nashville, ISSA Los Angeles Summit X, ISACA, TiECON, and more; and is a nationally sought-after speaker on cyber security, women in technology/security/business, STEAM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.