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There is “no one way” to start and stay in the field of cyber security. Whether you are involved from the military, law enforcement, consulting, or IT services, it doesn’t matter. I have had countless discussions for years with other professionals online, at conferences, or over drinks, which have changed the way I think about cyber security. That is where this podcast comes in. What if I can capture those moments and frank discussions? I want to share the stories from other cyber security leaders and influencers so everyone can learn from their respective journeys and challenges. Why did they take the path they did? Who were their mentors? How did they tackle some of their biggest career challenges? By hearing how the industry leaders and influencers got to where they are and how they overcame some of the problems they faced, I hope to shed light on the path for other professionals. I will discover what motivates them, explore their journey in cyber security, and discuss where they think the industry is going.

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There is “no one way” to start and stay in the field of cyber security. Whether you are involved from the military, law enforcement, consulting, or IT services, it doesn’t matter. I have had countless discussions for years with other professionals online, at conferences, or over drinks, which have changed the way I think about cyber security. That is where this podcast comes in. What if I can capture those moments and frank discussions? I want to share the stories from other cyber security leaders and influencers so everyone can learn from their respective journeys and challenges. Why did they take the path they did? Who were their mentors? How did they tackle some of their biggest career challenges? By hearing how the industry leaders and influencers got to where they are and how they overcame some of the problems they faced, I hope to shed light on the path for other professionals. I will discover what motivates them, explore their journey in cyber security, and discuss where they think the industry is going.

    #122 – Leeann Nicolo: Go For It

    #122 – Leeann Nicolo: Go For It

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeann-nicolo/ (Leeann Nicolo) is the Incident Response lead at https://www.coalitioninc.com/ (The Coalition) and specializes in digital forensics and cyber investigations. She has conducted investigations into ransomware, phishing, hacking, data breaches, trade secret theft, and employee malfeasance. Leeann has investigated thousands of digital devices and has extensive subject matter expertise in Windows enterprise forensics, mobile device forensics, business email compromise, cloud security, and ransomware.
    Prior to joining Coalition, Leeann worked at https://kivuconsulting.com/ (Kivu Consulting) in Denver and https://www.kraftkennedy.com/ (Kraft Kennedy) in New York City overseeing complex cyber investigations and discovery matters for law firms and large multinational corporate clients. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of Albany in Information Systems, then achieved my https://www.pace.edu/program/cybersecurity-ms (Masters of Science in Cybersecurity at Pace University). She is also a https://www.sans.org/digital-forensics-incident-response/coin-holders/ (SANS Lethal Forensicator Coin Holder) and on the GIAC Advisory Board.
    In this episode, we discuss her start in information technology, how she made the move to cybersecurity, the discrimination she has faced in the industry, becoming a manager, strong women role models, mentoring others, and so much more.
    Where you can find Leeann:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeann-nicolo/ (LinkedIn)
    https://www.coalitioninc.com/ (The Coalition)
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-haggle-with-your-hacker-11566811806 (Wall Street Journal)

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    #121 – Shannon Brazil: Teach Business to Tech People

    #121 – Shannon Brazil: Teach Business to Tech People

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonbrazil/ (Shannon Brazil )is a Senior Cyber Security Specialist working within a CIRT of a Canadian Fortune 500. She has been in IT for over 12 years, with the last three years in Cybercrime investigations with law enforcement and recently moving into the private sector to focus on Digital Forensic analysis and investigations and Incident Response.
    As a hobby, Shannon dives into OSINT CTFs, helps promote young women to enter the STEM industry through Technovation - an innovative program for young entrepreneurs, and offers mentorship to those looking to venture into Cyber Security. She is also a course designer and developer with her local college that aims to arm the new generations with tactics, techniques, and knowledge in becoming experts in Digital Forensics and Investigations.
    In this episode, we discuss starting as a chef, skills learned from culinary arts, moving from IT to investigations, burnout and self-care, mentors she follows, why she mentors others, diversity and inclusion, and so much more.
    Where you can find Shannon:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonbrazil/ (LinkedIn)
    https://twitter.com/4n6lady (Twitter)
    Website

    • 37 min
    #120 – Cimone Wright-Hamor: Cybersecurity Is An Applied Field

    #120 – Cimone Wright-Hamor: Cybersecurity Is An Applied Field

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/wright-hamor/ (Cimone Wright-Hamor) works at https://www.pnnl.gov/cybersecurity (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) (PNNL) as a cybersecurity researcher while pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. She has spent the last decade of her life interning at a variety of organizations. She has had ten internships at more than six different organizations, including public and private industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies like https://www.microsoft.com/ (Microsoft) to successful startups such as https://www.smartagllc.com/ (Smart-Ag), state government, and national laboratories.
    Cimone has spent the last five years of her career working in the cybersecurity field. While completing research, she has helped protect the infrastructure for the State of Iowa and ensured that startup companies are developing software with security in mind.
    In this episode, we discuss getting started in information security due to responding to an incident, an early upbringing which prepared her for cybersecurity, bridging theory to engineering, teaming with dev and security teams, the importance of project updates, increasing diversity in the industry, and so much more.
    Where you can find Cimone:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/wright-hamor/ (LinkedIn)
    https://blackcomputeher.org/ (blackcomputeHER)
    https://www.pnnl.gov/science/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=10129 (PNNL)

    • 35 min
    #119 – Jenna Waters: This Is My Team

    #119 – Jenna Waters: This Is My Team

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/je-waters/ (Jenna Waters )is a Cybersecurity Consultant at https://truedigitalsecurity.com/blog (True Digital Security) where she specializes in information security program development, industry compliance assessments, threat intelligence, and cloud security controls. She is an experienced professional who consults with companies across multiple industries in achieving security-related best practices and/or regulatory compliance objectives related to risk management and compliance frameworks, and various privacy laws throughout the United States.
    Jenna began her career in the United States Navy working under the https://www.fcc.navy.mil/ (U.S. Fleet Cyber Command at the Naval Intelligence Operations Center (NIOC)) and with the National Security Agency (NSA). Afterward, she graduated from the https://business.utulsa.edu/accounting-cis/computer-information-systems/ (University of Tulsa )with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Jenna is passionate about sharing her knowledge of cybersecurity with business owners, public policy leaders, and healthcare, financial, and tech industry members. When she isn’t busy helping her clients protect their customers’ data, Jenna is a voracious reader, aspiring hobbyist, and dog mom of two.
    In this episode, we discuss starting cybersecurity with the U.S. Navy, tying spoken languages to coding languages, leading and managing people, building an information security program, getting leadership buy-in, using frameworks for resiliency, diversity and inclusion, and so much more.
    Where you can find Jenna:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/je-waters/ (LinkedIn)
    https://twitter.com/truedigitalsec (Twitter)
    https://truedigitalsecurity.com/blog (Blog)

    • 47 min
    #118 – Nato Riley: Reinvent Reality and Reinvent the World

    #118 – Nato Riley: Reinvent Reality and Reinvent the World

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nato-riley/ (Nato Riley) is an Integrations Engineer at https://www.blumira.com/ (Blumira) and the Co-founder of https://cloudunderground.dev/ (Cloud Underground). Nato provides infrastructure, code, and security across all his efforts and is focused on helping Blumira build the most effective and efficient SIEM on the market for small to mid-sized businesses.
    He is the host of the “Nato as Code” and the "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKbJ2vW3QYcLot2D1xeJmA (Cloud Underground)" productions on YouTube, the creator and maintainer of the Olympiad platform, and the founder of https://notiapoint.com/ (notiaPoint) (now known as https://cloudunderground.dev/ (Cloud Underground)).
    In this episode, we discuss starting in technology repairing computers, going to school for public speaking, finding passion in information security, trying too hard to pass certification tests, going out on his own, mentorships, burnout, diversity, and so much more.
    Where you can find Nato:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nato-riley/ (LinkedIn)
    https://twitter.com/NateRiles (Twitter)
    https://www.youtube.com/c/natoascode (Nato as Code - YouTube)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKbJ2vW3QYcLot2D1xeJmA (Cloud Undeground - YouTube)

    • 55 min
    #117 – Sara Avery: Go After What You Want

    #117 – Sara Avery: Go After What You Want

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-avery-6aa1587/ (Sara Avery) is a Regional Sales Manager at https://www.zscaler.com/ (Zscaler). She has held various positions over the past 20 years in the Information Technology field and discovered her passion for information security 15 years ago. Her career has largely been spent in sales and account management with a laser focus on my customer's success. Sara's tenured experience in cybersecurity has given her a strong understanding of the complex technology and intelligence required to keep enterprises secure.
    From a young age, she was raised to be a strong female and leader. Her mother, along with other trailblazing women, campaigned to start the Equal Rights Amendment in Colorado in the early 1970s. With a passion for helping others, Sara wanted to start a group that would help, mentor, learn and guide women and founded https://www.denverissa.org/women-in-security (Women in Cyber Security, ISSA Denver). Her vision was to find a way to inspire and support women in all areas of information security, as well as develop and mentor the younger female generation for the future of the dynamic and ever-changing world of information security.
    In this episode, we discuss her early start with Y2K, why she helped start Women In Security with the Denver ISSA chapter, the evolution of communications with workstyles, getting young girls into STEM, how she is championing equality at work, dealing with gaslighting, mansplaining, and microaggressions, removing the stigma of "the hacker," and so much more!
    Where you can find Sara:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-avery-6aa1587/ (LinkedIn)
    https://www.denverissa.org/women-in-security (Women In Security - ISSA Denver)

    • 53 min

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