About Alta

Experience - Access - Knowledge - Trust - Diversity

We are the most prominent, experienced and successful boutique executive search firm specializing in Information Security, IT Risk Management, GRC, and Privacy.


When the Russians hacked into Citibank in 1994 Alta Associates was retained to help build the first ever information security organization. Twenty years later they are recruiting Chief Information Security Officers and their teams for companies that are the targets of sophisticated cyber-attacks. Most recent placements include the CISOs for a retail giant, a global payment processor, an insurance provider, and a major auto manufacturer to name a few. Alta has played a significant role in both defining and elevating the role of cybersecurity professionals. Over the years Alta has expanded its recruiting specialties to include IT Risk, Privacy Governance, Risk, and Compliance, as well as related specialty searches.

Then and Now

Joyce Brocaglia founded Alta Associates in 1986. Today Alta is the most prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in Cyber Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy.  Alta has established an unparalleled track record for placing key C-level executives, and building world class teams in various industries throughout the US.

“Most of our clients are seeking an executive who can increase the credibility of their department, influence the culture of the organization and effectively partner, sell and deliver their initiatives globally to diverse businesses with varying risk tolerances. Finding this new breed of executive and building the teams that support them is difficult and that is why companies retain Alta”, says Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of the company

Our Differentiator

Knowledge, trust, efficiency, diversity and value are what set Alta apart.
The firm utilizes the Alta Advantage framework, a process that includes assisting clients in developing job descriptions, identifying and preparing interviewers, determining “market value” compensation and defining the interview process and timeline. They provide the first qualified slate of candidates 21 days from the launch and their goal is to complete the search within 90 days. Alta charges no administrative fees and each search is personally managed by a seasoned recruiter who “owns” that search from beginning to end.
Alta Associates is a woman owned firm committed to providing a diverse slate of candidates. Brocaglia, named “One of the Most Influential Women in Security” and recipient of the prestigious “CSO Compass Award” for outstanding achievement in security and risk management leadership is also the Founder of Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy (ewf-usa.com) the largest member organization dedicated to advancing women in the field.

Illustrious Clientele and Future Goals

The firm’s clients are global complex organizations with headquarters throughout the US and span many vertical industries.
Alta Associate’s committed specialty focus and deep network of trusted relationships is the reason it has become the leading expert in sourcing, screening and filling key leadership roles.
Alta Associates is an advocate for both clients and candidates, continuously meeting industry leaders, gaining insights on the latest trends and developing partnerships and alliances that enable them to advance individual careers and build world class organizations. The team at Alta Associates is very enthusiastic about the future of the industry and proud to be a part of strengthening its most valuable asset – human capital.

Meet the CEO
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    Joyce Brocaglia

    Joyce Brocaglia is the founder and CEO of Alta Associates. Founded in 1986 Alta Associates has become the most prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy. Joyce is a strategic advisor to her clients who has gained the trust and respect of the industry’s most influential executives by accomplishing their strategic and diverse hiring goals. She is a career advisor to industry thought leaders and a trusted member of the Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy industry.

    Joyce is sought after for her deep knowledge of the industry, market conditions, business intelligence and ability to create industry alliances.

    Joyce is known for her commitment to enabling women to achieve their professional goals and personal dreams through education, leadership development and the creation of trusted relationships.

    In 2002, Joyce founded the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy. Today the EWF is the largest member organization serving emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential female executives in their field.
    Joyce received the prestigious 2015 CSO Compass Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in security and risk management leadership.

    In 2014, Joyce was honored with the SANS Difference Maker Award for her industry contributions and named one of the Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs of New Jersey.

    In 2013, the EWF Leadership Journey was launched. Corporations are utilizing this comprehensive virtual leadership development program to optimize individual performance, authentic personal leadership skills and organizational impact.

    In 2013, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Executive Women’s Forum and in honor of the work Joyce has done to advance women in the fields of information security and IT risk management, a fellowship fund at Carnegie Mellon INI was been created in her honor by her colleagues.

    In 2008, Ms. Brocaglia authored the chapter “Who Companies Really Want to Hire: How to Advance Your Career and Have Great Success” in the book “CISO Leadership: Essential Principals for Success” Along with (ISC2) authored the “Hiring Guide to the Information Security Profession”

    In 2006, Ms. Brocaglia and the Executive Women’s Forum partnered with Carnegie Mellon’s INI to create scholarships for outstanding women to enroll in CMU’s Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management program. The first EWF Fellow was announced in 2007 and each year since then.

    In 2005, Ms. Brocaglia authored “The Information Security Officer: A New Role for New Threats” in Larstans’s “The Black Book on Corporate Security”.

    In 2003, Information Security Magazine honored Joyce with a “Women of Vision” award naming her one of the 25 most influential women in the information security industry.

    Joyce has acted as the career advisor of CSO Magazine and author of the monthly “Career Corner” column for the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Journal. Joyce has served on the board of advisors for the ISSA and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). Joyce has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Network World, Network Computing, Information Security Magazine, Redmondmag.com and CSO Magazine. Joyce is a speaker at industry events regarding career matters and emerging roles within the information technology and security community. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Montclair State University and is Certified Public Accountant.

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Joyce Brocaglia

Joyce Brocaglia is the founder and CEO of Alta Associates. Founded in 1986 Alta Associates has become the most prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy. Joyce is a strategic advisor to her clients who has gained the trust and respect of the industry’s most influential executives by accomplishing their strategic and diverse hiring goals. She is a career advisor to industry thought leaders and a trusted member of the Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy industry.

Joyce Brocaglia’s vision of building world class teams and developing leaders is enabling organizations to strength their most valuable asset – human capital.

Joyce Brocaglia

meettheteam

With an average of 12 years of experience, Alta’s executive recruiters are recognized as industry insiders who provide valuable guidance on strategic hiring, career development, and certification processes.

Each one of our team members, has unparalleled access to the industry’s best professionals which includes industry leaders as well as emerging high-potential individuals.

  • Cindy Miceli

    Executive Search Director

    Cindy (Ciociola) Miceli has been recruiting for nearly 20 years. In 2009, she joined the team at Alta Associates. During her successful tenure, she has filled over 40 unique searches ranging from C to staff level within the fields of Cyber Security and IT Risk.

  • Lauren Claypool

    Director of Client Success

    Lauren Claypool joined the team at Alta Associates in 2013. She recruits cyber security, information security, IT risk, privacy, and business continuity professionals across multiple levels and industries.

  • Kelly Garritano

    Executive Search Director

    Kelly Garritano, Executive Recruiter, joined the Alta team in 2014. She works to identify cyber security, IT risk and privacy leaders in various industries and levels. Previously to joining Alta, Kelly worked at Olsten Staffing Services, where she worked as an internal recruiting consultant for Prudential. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

  • Stacy Wrba

    Executive Search Consultant

    Stacy Wrba joined Alta Associates in 2016. She focuses on successfully matching talented cybersecurity leaders with businesses that span all industries. Prior to joining Alta, she worked for Dun & Bradstreet in their Analytical Services and Global Accounts groups. During her tenure at D&B, she was involved in a mentoring program designed to retain young talent and propel them into leadership roles. She holds a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s University. She currently resides in New Jersey with her family.

  • Lori Murray

    Chief of Staff & Program Director

    Lori manages key operational functions for Alta Associates including personnel management, AP/AR, contracts and third party vendor coordination. As the Program Director of the Executive Women's Forum, Lori is the primary organizer of the annual conference, industry events and membership.

  • Giselle Feliciano

    Executive Assistant to Joyce Brocaglia

    Giselle Feliciano joined our team in 2015. Her primary role as the Executive Assistant to Joyce Brocaglia, CEO is to provide high level support. In addition, she works closely with our Chief of Staff in managing key operational functions for both Alta Associates and the Executive Women's Forum. As such, she orchestrates client meetings and events, industry engagements, and serves as a key member of our EWF conference execution team. Prior to joining the firm, Giselle held similar executive-facing roles for major market leaders in the financial services and insurance industries for over fifteen years.

Woman Owned

Alta Associates is a woman owned firm committed to providing a diverse slate of candidates. Brocaglia, named “One of the Most Influential Women in Security” and recipient of the prestigious “CSO Compass Award” for outstanding achievement in security and risk management leadership is also the Founder of Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy (ewf-usa.com) the largest member organization dedicated to advancing women in the field.

Success Stories

Auto Manfucturer

Leading US Manufacturer

A Leading US Manufacturer turned to Alta in 2014 to help them build their first time internal security organization. This project included 10 open positions spanning architecture, …

Auto Manfucturer

Leading US Manufacturer

A Leading US Manufacturer turned to Alta in 2014 to help them build their first time internal security organization. This project included 10 open positions spanning architecture, compliance, risk assessment, program management and engineering. Alta builds comprehensive teams and is uniquely positioned to assist in the development of job descriptions and hiring strategies.

Health Care Technology

Global Insurance Provider

A global insurance provider retained Alta Associates to build their information risk organization. Alta’s placement of multiple risk executives enabled this company to build …

Health Care Technology

Global Insurance Provider

A global insurance provider retained Alta Associates to build their information risk organization. Alta’s placement of multiple risk executives enabled this company to build a world class, award winning risk organization in record time. Alta is often retained to build teams and create first-time departments.

Health Care

Healthcare Organization

A healthcare organization turned to Alta Associates to find their first ever Chief Data Officer. Alta worked closely with this company to understand the nuances of this role …

Health Care

Healthcare Organization

A healthcare organization turned to Alta Associates to find their first ever Chief Data Officer. Alta worked closely with this company to understand the nuances of this role and identified executives who could drive competitive advantage and improved performance using Big Data and analytics. Alta is often retained to fill unique and hard to fill roles.

Hi Tech Compmany

HiTech Fortune 500 Company

After an unsuccessful independent search, a HiTech Fortune 500 company, turned towards Alta Associates to fill two hard‐to‐find niche Principal Security …

Hi Tech Compmany

HiTech Fortune 500 Company

After an unsuccessful independent search, a HiTech Fortune 500 company, turned towards Alta Associates to fill two hard‐to‐find niche Principal Security Architect roles. Not only were these 2 roles filled, but a third hire occurred as well as a result of this partnership. Our ability to focus on your search and apply our 30+ years of knowledge in this specific field, yields positive results.

Health Care

Major Healthcare Leader

When a nationally recognized leader in Healthcare needed to elevate the leadership surrounding their IT Compliance organization, they trusted Alta Associates …

Health Care

Major Healthcare Leader

When a nationally recognized leader in Healthcare needed to elevate the leadership surrounding their IT Compliance organization, they trusted Alta Associates to identify the right person for the job. Not only did Alta complete the search, but also proved able to help the employer uphold its mission to embrace diversity‐of‐thought by supplying a diverse candidate pool. As a result of this good work, today, in 2014, we continue to fill this company’s leadership team and engage in numerous concurrent searches.

Financial Services

Financial Services Organization

A financial services organization retained Alta when they needed to elevate their CISO with someone who could be accountable for IT Risk and managing key relationships with regulators. Alta’s vast …

Financial Services

Financial Services Organization

A financial services organization retained Alta when they needed to elevate their CISO with someone who would also be accountable for IT Risk and managing key relationships with regulators. Alta’s vast experience in the financial services industry allowed them to fill the role with someone who heightened the status of the role within their organization.

Retail

Privately Held National Retailer

Looking to hire their first time CISO, a privately held national retailer retained the services of Alta Associates in 2012 to help them craft a compelling job summary …

Retail

Privately Held National Retailer

Looking to hire their first time CISO, a privately held national retailer retained the services of Alta Associates in 2012 to help them craft a compelling job summary and compensation package and together as staffing partners, filled this key role within six months. Alta is frequently utilized as a trusted advisor.

Software Manufacturer

Global Software Manufacturer

When a global software manufacturer moved from offering their products off the self and into the cloud they needed a CISO who could address …

Software Manufacturer

Global Software Manufacturer

When a global software manufacturer moved from offering their products off the self and into the cloud they needed a CISO who could address the newly created security challenges. Alta’s strength is finding executives that are uniquely capable of the job at hand.

Account Firm

Big Four Accounting Firm

When a Big Four Accounting Firm needed a new Senior Manager for Cybercrime Investigations, Alta Associates had the contacts and an employment contract …

Account Firm

Big Four Accounting Firm

When a Big Four Accounting Firm needed a new Senior Manager for Cybercrime Investigations, Alta Associates had the contacts and an employment contract was promptly finalized. Their service and attentiveness to both their client and the candidate was outstanding! I highly recommend Alta when seeking hard to fill cyber forensics positions.

~ Ken Zatyko, Senior Vice President

Bank

Global Retail Bank

As a result of the Russians hacking into a major US bank in 1994, Alta Associates built the first ever INFOSEC organization. That means from the time information security …

Bank

Global Retail Bank

As a result of the Russians hacking into a major US bank in 1994, Alta Associates built the first ever INFOSEC organization. That means from the time information security became a stand‐alone career, Alta has been placing information security professionals. This has allowed Alta to have a unique perspective of the evolution of the CISO role. Alta’s model of placing the C‐level and then building out their organization has become a key strength of ours. By matching technical competency along with cultural fit and business acumen, Alta creates better functioning teams.

Management Consulting

BIG 4 Management Consulting

In 2013, when a prominent BIG 4 Management Consulting firm wanted to expand its capabilities into the growing field of IT Forensics and E‐discovery, they called upon the Alta team to help them hire two practice leaders with deep roots …

Management Consulting

BIG 4 Management Consulting

In 2013, when a prominent BIG 4 Management Consulting firm wanted to expand its capabilities into the growing field of IT Forensics and E‐discovery, they called upon the Alta team to help them hire two practice leaders with deep roots in conducting IT security investigations and leading world class teams. Our deep network of talent and sophisticated recruitment tools, allows us to keep ahead of industry trends and growing demands for newer skill sets.

Retail

Retail Giant

Following a recent nationally scrutinized data breach, a fortune 200 retail giant hired Alta Associates to identify their next CISO. The Alta team filled this …

Retail

Retail Giant

Following a recent nationally scrutinized data breach, a fortune 200 retail giant hired Alta Associates to identify their next CISO. The Alta team filled this search in an impressive 60 day window. We understand the need for urgency and confidentiality and are here to help you.

Insurance

Major Insurance Provider

In 2014 a major insurance provider retained Alta to find a global CISO that was innovative and matched their service oriented mind set. Alta’s greatest strength …

Insurance

Major Insurance Provider

In 2014 a major insurance provider retained Alta to find a global CISO that was innovative and matched their service oriented mind set. Alta’s greatest strength is their ability to match executives to the client’s culture ensuring a smoother transition and increasing the likelihood of success.

Auto Manfucturer

Major Auto Manufacturer

In 2014 a major auto manufacturer retained Alta to provide search services for their global CISO role enabling them to evaluate both internal and external candidates. Alta’s …

Auto Manfucturer

Major Auto Manufacturer

In 2014 a major auto manufacturer retained Alta to provide search services for their global CISO role enabling them to evaluate both internal and external candidates. Alta’s due diligence extends to all internal candidate that may be considered for a role allowing companies to compare, benchmark and consider the broadest slate of qualified candidates.

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