‘’And the good girls go to heaven, but the bad girls go everywhere...’’ – This is what I have read when I was trying to know Lisa better on her Twitter account. Controversial, courageous, and ambitious, this woman has a lot to share with us about her experience, and how she climbed the corporate ladder in security. I chatted with Lisa for hours about life, politics, and technology as well as about how to tackle the challenges in a male-dominated industry.
Franziska Bühler currently works as a Senior Systems Engineer in Switzerland.
Her main areas of responsibility are web server security and everything related to the access layer. In Switzerland, this typically includes authentication and web application firewalls.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a specialization in IT security. She is also a Certified OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (OPST), accredited by ISECOM (Institute for Security and Open Methodologies).
Some things inspire us and have a “wow” effect on us. Some things inspire us and make us wonder more but some things inspire us and make us take an action. I remember giving my first presentation about Cell phone viruses and security in 2008 for my intercollege paper presentation competition, and this was the first time I got interested in cyber security. After winning that competition, I started participating in more state and national level competitions, going to different colleges to listen to different speakers and reading the latest news about what is going on in this field.
Cecilia McGuire has led an exceptional career in IT Security over the past 15 years and gained significant expertise through a diverse range of International experiences. Her areas of interests are where Cyber-Security intersects with the Physical Domain, such as Critical Infrastructure.
Her speciality is Security Architecture across the full-scope of Cyber-Security Technologies and delivery of high-risk, complex projects.
Maytal Brooks-Kempler is the founder and CEO of “Helena Security” a consulting firm specializing in Security Awareness.
Maytal had a non-orthodox career: from the role of Security Analyst in the Israeli Army, to a business role as an Account Manager where she understood that she preferred the technical side and moved to be a Pre-sales Engineer and Security Architect. After a few years, in 2010 Maytal wanted a new challenge and moved to the consulting world.
In 2014 Maytal began delivering the CISSP training (as an authorized (ISC)2 instructor) and since then has delivered dozens of CISSP, HCISPP and CISO classes.
Solveig EDELFELT graduated from the French engineering school ESME Sudria with a specialization in computing and networking. She had the chance to explore both technical and functional sides before starting her career in Cybersecurity.
She was also investigating on frauds, fraudsters’ identities, operating methods and techniques’ evolution to produce cyber-crime reports.
Solveig is now Information Security Consultant at SEC Consult Singapore, and just passed her first certification: (ISC)2 SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner).
Engineer by background, she began her career in mathematical modelling research in the US, evolved towards management consulting in Europe and SEA to improve her strategy and leadership skills and came back to the industry in 2011, in a senior management position.
Since she graduated from high school and all through her career, Mouna has had to navigate in an environment where women remain largely under represented. As such, she is very attached to the improvement of gender equality in the workplace and diversity in general.
MacKenzie Brown brings more than four years of technical and research experience to her role as Associate Research Principal at Optiv. Brown develops enterprise security program frameworks and strategic deliverables which provide a model, direction, and development for implementing security solutions against emerging threats. Brown is a subject matter expert in compliance and risk management, policy and implementation, and cybersecurity program deployment.