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Cybersecurity Leader

Professional ​

As a leader in the Cybersecurity and IT space with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience, Terence Jackson currently serves as a Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. Previously he served as the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer at Thycotic Software (now called Dilinea) which was acquired by the Global Investment Firm TPG in 2021. He helps security leaders understand where to focus and the tools needed to address cyber threats and creates strategic plans to align cybersecurity efforts with varying levels of corporate risk.


An industry-acknowledged expert and public speaker, Terence is regularly invited to speak and share his insights by some of the largest and most respected organizations in the world including Forbes, Dark Reading, BrightTalk, Cloud Security Alliance, SC Magazine, InfoSec Magazine, Tech News World, The Guardian, Hedge Fund Monthly and Spectrum News. He has been recognized by Cyber Defense Magazine in 2020 and 2021 as a Top CISO award recipient. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council.


Terence is passionate about serving others by helping them develop their careers in IT and Cybersecurity. He’s been a successful advocate for mentoring and hiring people of color and women into the field. In 2022, Terence earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & Data Privacy from Albany Law School. Since then, he’s become an ambassador for the program and partners with Albany to showcase and advocate for the skills needed in today’s dynamic and ever-changing cyber landscape.


When not studying and learning about all things tech, Terence is a proud Christian, husband, and father of two. He serves his church congregation in the Audio-Visual Ministry and is actively involved as an alumnus of Howard University’s School of Business, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. For fun, Terence is an avid Marvel Comics Universe fan, and you can find him every autumn Saturday afternoon rooting for the University of Alabama football team.


Top areas of expertise

•Cybersecurity Leadership

•Strategic Planning

•Risk Management

•Compliance and Regulatory Standards

•Security Operations 

•Identity & Access Management


​Terence has contributed to multiple books in the Tribe of Hackers series, most recently the Blue Team Edition. In his most recent book he discusses what affects so many executives, Imposter Syndrome

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​Terence has also been asked regularly to contribute his expertise  to online publications such as Expert Insights, DarkReading and Forbes.

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Advisor & Mentor


​Terence actively engages in the IT and Cybersecurity sectors, not only by mentoring aspiring professionals and sharing his vast knowledge but also by speaking at various events to educate and inspire about cybersecurity. His commitment extends beyond volunteering; he plays a pivotal role in advising cybersecurity startups. Terence offers strategic guidance to budding companies, leveraging his expertise to help them navigate the challenges of the cybersecurity landscape. This involvement underscores his dedication to nurturing innovation and fostering a resilient cybersecurity ecosystem, reflecting his leadership and commitment to the advancement of the field.


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