Founder and CEO of Cyber Pop-up Dr. Christine Izuakor is one of the prominent forces in the cybersecurity industry, having over a decade of experience managing various cybersecurity functions within Fortune 100 companies.
In 2012, Dr. Izuakor completed a master’s degree in information systems security from the University of Houston. She also became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) years later. Dr. Izuakor went on to earn a PhD in security engineering from the University of Colorado, cementing her legacy in becoming the youngest and first African-American woman to achieve this feat.
Dr. Izuakor’s research has been published in several international journals, and her original contributions to the security industry have been presented in international conferences, from South Korea, to Italy.
In July 2017, Dr. Izuakor’s rapid growth within the technology industry landed her a spot in the Chicago Business Crain’s Tech 50 list. She later was also featured on the 2018 Crain’s 20 In Their 20s list. Dr. Izuakor has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Cheddar News, CW, Hemispheres Magazine, and many more.
Currently, Dr. Izuakor is focusing on Cyber Pop-up, which gives a platform for high-demand businesses and on-demand cybersecurity experts to converge and collaborate. With an array of highly appraised and proficient security freelancers, the company provides services that companies of all sizes find trustworthy, flexible, and efficient.
From small and medium-sized businesses looking for cybersecurity support to large enterprises looking to extend the reach of an existing cyber team, the company delivers unique and personalized solutions for each.
Following a dynamic service model, the company empowers customers to form short-term cyber task forces that accomplish a wide range of security projects. Their ordering process is simple, user-friendly, and affordable; customers can easily launch a cybersecurity project run by experts who have experience securing top companies like Facebook and Google, for a fraction of the cost and effort.
Cyber Pop-up is not like the traditional or typical companies in the industry.
The company has made the “gig economy” work in cybersecurity in a way that businesses can trust. Before the official launch on July 13, 2020, the company spent the prior year operating in stealth mode, already bringing in some big-name customers and accumulating over six figures in revenue.
Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Izuakor, the company has been able to grow consistently despite the uncertainty facing many startups during the ongoing pandemic. Motivated by her passion for the human element of cybersecurity and the gaps in talent and diversity, Dr. Izuakor successfully built global cyber talent pipelines in large enterprises before deciding to solve the challenge on a larger scale.
Dr. Izuakor is an avid diversity and inclusion supporter, dedicated to increasing diversity within the cybersecurity industry. As a black woman herself owning a cyber-technology company, Dr. Izuakor is a game-changer in the industry. With her position and influence, Dr. Izuakor can bring more people from all walks of life into technological spaces and help them gain access to growing opportunities in the field.
As a founder, Dr. Izuakor is dedicated to reaching her full potential, hoping that she also inspires and encourages people around her to do the same along the way. Dr. Izuakor built her personal brand with the aim to share her journey and to let people know that anything is possible.
A woman of many stories, Dr. Izuakor is well-versed with life’s struggles and the bouts of hopelessness. Through her stories, she hopes to continue helping others through those times.