Joyce Brocaglia


CEO, Alta Associates & Founder, Executive Women's Forum

Joyce Brocaglia is the founder and CEO of Alta Associates. Founded in 1986 Alta Associates is the most prominent boutique executive search firm specializing in Information Security, Cybersecurity and IT Risk Management. Alta ranked one of the top 50 executive search firms in the US has an unprecedented track record of placing CISO’s and building world class organizations.

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 engaging, developing and advancing women leaders. In 2002 Joyce founded the Executive Women’s Forum on Today the EWF

Joyce is known for her commitment to engaging, developing and advancing women leaders. 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.

In 2016 Joyce was a recipient of the SmartCEO Award which celebrates the distinguished achievements of 40 of New Jersey’s top women business leaders.

Joyce received the prestigious 2015 CSO Compass Award in achievement in security and risk management leadership.

In 2015 Joyce was appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals and also serves on the Advisory Board of Shared Assessments.

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 launched The Leadership Journey, a comprehensive leadership development program for women. Corporations are utilizing the Leadership Journey to increase the engagement and retention of high potential and high performing women and minorities.

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, serves as an advisor to industry associations and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USAToday, Newsweek, Network World, Network Computing, Information Security Magazine,CSO Magazine and others. 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.