Blake Ashbee is the Executive Director with Go Build Georgia. As part of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Go Build Georgia was launched in support of Gov. Deals’ Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, focused on making the state more competitive both nationally and internationally. As Georgia continues to be a competitive location for businesses, it’s critical that our workforce is equipped with the skills to take over the in-demand positions. Specifically, Go Build Georgia aims to eliminate the state’s labor gap and build a new generation of highly- skilled workers with a simple plan: educating both young people and parents about wage, lifestyle, and employment benefits of a career in the skilled trades through five in-demand sectors: telecommunications, manufacturing, logistics, industrial construction and energy.
Since its beginning in January 2012, Go Build Georgia has reached out to dispel the misconceptions of the industry and interest people in the skilled trades through grassroots campaigns, online media, TV/radio spots, social media, and local and regional press.
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Gary McGraw, Chief Technology Officer of Cigital, is a world authority on computer security and has been called the father of software security. Dr. McGraw is the author of Software Security (AWL 2006) and ten other best selling software security books. Gary writes a technical security column for SearchSecurity and produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine.
Marcus J. Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable Security, Inc., is a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation. Since the late 1980’s, he has designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR’s Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer, to founder and CEO of NFR. Marcus has served as a consultant to many FORTUNE 500 firms and national governments, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous high-tech conferences. In 2001, he was awarded the TISC “Clue” award for service to the security community, and also holds the ISSA lifetime achievement award. In 2005 he was awarded Security Professional of the Year by Techno Security Conference.