The Smartest Person in The Room

The Root Cause and New Solution for Cybersecurity

How to turn your biggest unknown weakness into your strongest defense.

#1 Bestseller by leadership & cybersecurity expert Christian Espinosa that unveils a simple proven and powerful 7 step process that removes the glass ceiling holding you down by awakening your leadership and life skills. 

“Swiss Army Knife of Cyber/IT/Business/Life help…there is something for everyone here!”

“I highly recommend that any cybersecurity leader, or aspiring leader, read this book from cover-to-cover.”

“Christian Espinosa unveils the hard-hitting truth and bad practices that companies face when they hire inexperienced and ego-centric cybersecurity staff to protect their company’s information.”

The Smartest Person in the Room Description:

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 Room, Christian 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.

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Learn the Following Plus More in The Smartest Person in The Room:

  • Identify bad habits (malware) & break them using NLP to reprogram your mind
  • Embrace uncertainty and new challenges by adopting a growth mindset
  • Improve leadership and  influence through self-acknowledgment and acknowledgment of others
  • Learn how to improve communication to effectively to obtain your desired result
  • Increase productivity and presence with monotasking
  • Learn about empathy and apply cognitive empathy to improve leadership
  • Learn kaizen and apply root cause analysis for continuous improvement

This Book is for You If:

  • Your feel your career has stagnated
  • You rarely feel understood or appreciation
  • You’re busy but don’t seem to get much done
  • You feel there’s nothing you can do to change
  • Your relationships have a lot of friction
  • You have a team that is underperforming or not “getting it”

This Book is NOT for You If:

  • Your life is perfect
  • You have a closed mind
  • You prefer to brute-force your way through life
  • You don’t think you can change
  • You blame everything and everyone around you
  • You value comfort more than happiness & fulfillment
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Praise From Clients and Peers


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.

Robert "Cujo" Teschner,
Founder, CEO, and Chief Consultant, VMax Group


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.

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Chester “Chet” Ratcliffe, Chief Scientist and Cyber Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton​


Christian Espinosa has worked with many highly trained, highly skilled, and highly educated people over the course of his career. In the process, he has learned that a high IQ (intelligence quotient) without an equally high EQ (emotional quotient) can put your business at risk when it comes to your communication and client service. As the founder of Alpine Security, he wanted to disrupt the world of business by developing top talent with both intelligence and empathy to help companies recognize and reduce their cybersecurity risk, and to protect the lives and livelihoods of people in both local and global communities. Cybersecurity is, at its core, all about the recognition, understanding of, and reduction of risk. Christian has delivered this message to hundreds of public and private cybersecurity students, and developed strategies and techniques for his company to go beyond the surface and address the root causes of risk. 

Christian has worked as a subject matter expert in almost every area of cybersecurity, from securing aircraft to building security plans for new regulations and security frameworks. As a leader in the field and an expert on cybersecurity, he is constantly scanning the horizon to identify new threats and new risks that face companies both large and small. In this industry it isn’t about if you will face a cybersecurity threat, it is about when. Companies can no longer afford to not have a cybersecurity plan or fail to identify the risks to their organization. There is simply too much at stake. This book is a good first step to building your own successful cybersecurity plan, starting with finding the right people to be a part of your team.

Jana White

COO, Alpine Security


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.

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Mike Reavey, Vice President,
Enterprise Security at Electronic Arts


In his book, Christian brilliantly illustrates the ‘interpersonal skills deficit’ crippling the cybersecurity profession(al) every day. How the need for certainty and significance—to be the smartest person in the room—leads to inflated egos (essentially just a guise for deeply rooted insecurities), and dare I say toxic (often bullying) behaviour. Christian’s story of self-discovery is inspiring and couldn’t come at a better time. But be warned: There is no silver bullet. Change takes time and starts by you getting honest with yourself. Can you honestly say that you are living your best life today?

Marilise de Villiers, Founder and CEO,
Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting Ltd

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Author Biography

Christian Espinosa is the bestselling author of “The Smartest Person in the Room”, an entrepreneur and founder of Alpine Security, a white hat hacker, certified high-performance coach, and lover of heavy metal music and spicy food. He’s also an Air Force veteran and Ironman triathlete. Christian used to value being the smartest person in the room until he realized that his greatest contribution to humanity, leadership, and the fight against cybercrime is his ability to bring awareness and simple solutions to challenges associated with high IQ/low EQ staff.