The Smartest Person in the Room

Christian Espinosa

Cyberattack—an ominous word that strikes fear in the hearts of nearly everyone, especially business owners, CEOs, and executives. With cyberattacks resulting in often devastating results, it’s no wonder executives hire the best and brightest of the IT world for protection. But are you doing enough? Do you understand your risks? What if the brightest aren’t always the best choice for your company?

In The Smartest Person in the RoomChristian Espinosa shows you how to leverage your company’s smartest minds to your benefit and theirs. Learn from Christian’s own journey from cybersecurity engineer to company CEO. He describes why a high IQ is a lost superpower when effective communication, true intelligence, and self-confidence are not embraced. With his seven-step methodology and stories from the field, Christian helps you develop your team’s technical minds so they become better humans and strong leaders who excel in every role. This book provides you with an enlightening perspective of how to turn your biggest unknown weakness into your strongest defense.

Press & Praise

Chester "Chet" Ratcliffe, Chief Scientist and Cyber Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton

"Christian is a tremendous leader and visionary. His grasp of the cyber ecosystem and how it impacts our ability to defend our networks and protect our data is truly inspiring. He's a charismatic thought leader and lecturer with the ability to capture an audience while breaking down incredibly complex technologies into simple building blocks. As a coach and trainer, he arms his clients with the knowledge required to truly be successful by offering a path into a brave new world where we truly are the masters of our networks and data."

Mike Reavey, Vice President, Enterprise Security at Electronic Arts

"Christian is the subject matter expert's SME, and a natural teacher--making the complex simple to understand at all levels, from deep tech to business strategy and finance. When I want a point of view and a plan I can trust is deeply informed--he's a go-to."

Robert "Cujo" Teschner, Founder, CEO, and Chief Consultant, VMax Group Consulting, Bestselling Author of Debrief to Win: How America's Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership...and How You Can, Too!

"Developing people skills can be a challenge. Developing people skills in the cybersecurity field in a way that drives mission effectiveness is another. In The Smartest Person in the Room, Christian Espinosa brilliantly merges his decades of leadership training and experience with his cybersecurity expertise to craft an approach to winning the cybersecurity war. And he makes a clear and compelling case for why all cybersecurity professionals should embrace his approach--starting today. If you're a cybersecurity expert, you'll read this book in one sitting because it directly addresses the challenges you struggle with daily. And if you have no direct connection to the cybersecurity field, you'll read it in one sitting as well...only because it speaks to the greater truths of what it is that enables any organization to achieve mission success."

Christian Espinosa is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Security, a cybersecurity engineer, certified high-performance coach, professor, and lover of heavy metal music and spicy food. He’s also an Air Force veteran and Ironman triathlete. He used to value being the “smartest guy in the room,” only to realize that his greatest contribution to the fight against cybercrime is his ability to bring awareness to the issue through effective communication. Christian is a speaker, coach, and trainer in the Secure methodology, helping to make the smartest people in the room the best leaders in the field. For more information, visit

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