Speakers Bios #1
Amrutha Vasu, Security Analyst, Okta
Amrutha Vasu is a Security Analyst based in San Francisco, currently employed with Okta, as a part of their Security Response team. She has a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from Northeastern University. Previously, she worked for Symantec Website Security.
Ana Cecilia, Security Consultant, Slalom
Ana Cecilia is a Security Consultant at Slalom. She has also worked as a system administrator and security engineer. She firmly believes in leveraging knowledge through the power of community. Ana is the organizer of SF AWS Certification Study Group, open to anyone who is interested in becoming AWS certified.
Outside work, she enjoys hiking and creating stories with her children.
Anshu Gupta, VP - CISO, Whiskey Labs
Anshu Gupta is a senior level security executive who has Fortune 500 security consulting experience at Ernst & Young and KPMG where he worked at companies like Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, Cisco, McAfee, Adobe, Yahoo, GAP, Kaiser among others. He then moved on to get startup experience at Coupa Software (now a public company), HelloSign (acquired by DropBox) where he was the first security hire and had to build the whole security program from scratch and hire the information security team as well. He is currently serving as the Head of Security Engineering at an innovative Fintech startup. Anshu has a Masters degree in Computer Science and holds the CISM, CISA, PMP and CIPP certifications among others.
Ashlynn Pope, Security Analyst, PagerDuty
Ashlynn Pope is a security analyst at PagerDuty who has been in the security space for two years, focusing on security education and evangelism. She has led internal workshops and talks on a variety of security topics and continues to expand outside of PagerDuty as well.
Ashlynn enjoys spending time with her friends, playing video games such as battletoads, and tending to her garden of raspberry pis to ensure they grow up to become strong and healthy servers one day.
Ayman Elsawah, Virtual CISO & Founder, Cloud Security Labs
Ayman is the Host of the Getting Into Infosec Podcast, where he explores various ways people have entered the infosec field. He discusses their successes and struggles getting into the field, as well as reflections for those currently looking to get in. With the variety of stories documented, his hope is that at least one person out there will relate with a guest of the show and be educated, inspired, and motivated to continue their journey into the field. He is confident that he can interview one thousand different people and end up with one thousand different and unique stories, each one offering unique advice and experiences that will help those trying to enter the field.
Caitlin Long, Security Analyst, Pivotal Software
Caitlin is deeply passionate about the security field, from picking locks to malware analysis. Her main security research is primarily on IoT botnets and malware. She currently works as a security analyst for Pivotal Software, and spends a lot of time volunteering for organizations such as WISP - Women in Security and Privacy.
Camille Stewart, Esq.
Camille Stewart is an award winning attorney whose crosscutting perspective on complex technology, cyber, and national security, and foreign policy issues has landed her in significant roles at leading government and private sector companies like the Department of Homeland Security, Google, and Deloitte. In the Obama Administration, Camille served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber Infrastructure & Resilience Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. Camille is a New America Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, Truman National Security Fellow, and Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. Camille is a co-founder of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Silicon Valley Chapter and on the Board of Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security and leads the Cybersecurity & Emerging Tech working group. Camille is currently leading a project at the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab to address the exfiltration of national security-related tech and IP through the courts. Camille was named Cybersecurity Women of the Year in the category of “Barrier Breaker” at the 2019 Hacker Summer Camp (i.e., BlackHat, DefCon, & DefCon). You can find out more about Camille and her current projects at www.CamilleStewart.com.
Cara Zissman, Penetration Tester, Paylocity
Cara Zissman is a Penetration Tester at Paylocity and is located in the Chicago, Illinois area. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Network Security from Loyola University Chicago. Cara has had a variety of roles within Security on both defensive and offensive teams over the past three years she’s been working in the industry. Her interests lie in Mobile and Web Application Security.
Chloé Messdaghi, Security Researcher Advocate, Drop Labels
Chloé Messdagh is a Security Researcher Advocate, Cofounder of Women in Security (WoSEC) & head the SF Bay Area Chapter, and Founder of WomenHackerz (a private online community for women in InfoSec). In her spare time she give talks on diversity and inclusion in InfoSec, bug bounty, and safe harbor, mentor women to become hackers, sit on four nonprofit boards, and run a nonprofit called Drop Labels.
Cooper C, Senior Security Engineer, Patreon
After growing up queer in small town Alabama, the child of a pentecostal minister, Cooper went on to work as an archaeologist, organic vegetable farmer, and house cleaner. They then took the obvious next step of moving to the Bay Area, attending coding bootcamp and entering the security field. Formerly a pentester at NCC group, now a senior security engineer at Patreon, where she has speared headed the creation of the Application Security program, building processes, squashing bug classes, and convincing product teams that security is actually important. Additionally, Cooper chairs Intersections—Patreon’s largest ERG—for folks of under-represented genders in technology.
Danielle Alexander, Information Security Analyst, Bechtel
As a passionate Information Security Analyst at Bechtel, Danielle Alexander embraces each day with enthusiasm for the wonderful world of Threat Intelligence. Dedicated to perfecting the best recipe for brand defense, Danielle understands and values the importance of familiarizing herself with the TTP's employed by adversaries. From analyzing domains to dissecting the craft of social engineering, each new day brings an exciting opportunity to learn!
Dr. Deepali Arora, Senior Data Scientist, CMD
Dr. Deepali Arora is an experienced data scientist with an impressive track record of developing AI-based models that derive actionable insights for various industrial applications. Over the course of her rich career as a data scientist, Dr. Arora has developed models for companies operating in a wide range of industries: telecommunications and Internet of things (IoT), information security for computer systems including cloud infrastructure, healthcare, eCommerce, gaming, mining, social media, travel, and real-time targeted mobile advertising. Many of Dr. Arora’s models are still used by major Canadian and global businesses to improve security, provide innovative services, and save thousands of dollars. Dr. Arora earned her Ph.D from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, and has published nearly 33 papers in top-tier journals and conference proceedings. She also serves as an advisor for several AI-based startups, and speaks at various events and conferences to promote the effective and meaningful use of data science. Dr. Arora currently works as a Senior Data Scientist for Cmd, a Linux security startup whose software proactively protects sensitive data for some of the world’s top enterprises.
Deidre Diamond, Founder & CEO, CyberSN & Brainbabe.org
Talent and Technology Veteran, Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN, created the largest cybersecurity talent acquisition service and technology firm in the U.S. Deidre's vision is to remove the pain from job searching and matching for cybersecurity professionals. This vision is now a revolutionary job platform called KnowMore.
Elyse Rinne, UI/UX & Full Stack Engineer, Paranoids Team - VerizonMedia
Elyse is a UI/UX and full stack engineer on the Paranoids team. She is passionate about open source software and dedicates all of her time to developing a full packet capture system called Moloch. She is an advocate of user driven development and thinks that open source software creates an environment where users can shape the software development process and help create better products. Elyse is working on implementing awesome new features to make Moloch the go-to open source tool for network security professionals.
Emily Cole, Senior Security Engineer, Agari Data, Inc.
Emily is currently a Senior Security Engineer for Agari Data, Inc., and spends a lot of time thinking about the ways that DevOps and Security intersect. Emily has performed critical organizational roles of security research, incident response, product security, devops engineer, system administrator, tech support, security expert, operations specialist, and project lead. Emily specializes in Unix security and is a co-author of a book on Solaris Security for the SANS Institute, and serves as a Mentor for SANS' CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women. She has spoken about DevOps and Security at DevOpsDays Silicon Valley, BSides Las Vegas, and the USENIX LISA conference. She holds GSEC, GCED, GPPA, GCIH, and ITIL certifications, and is a Certified Scrum Master.
Jeana Pieralde, Senior Manager of Information Security Operations, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Jeana Pieralde, CISSP, CRISC, CSSA, GCIH, CIPP-US, CIPM has been in Information Security for over 12 years in a variety of roles from a CISO to her current role as the Senior Manager of Information Security Operations for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her prior life, she was the first CISO for the City and County of San Francisco for 6 years. In her CISO role Jeana worked many insider threat case including the famous People V. Terry Childs.
Jeff Boothby, Senior Trust & Security Engineer, Bugcrowd
Jeff Boothby is a Senior Trust and Security Engineer. He is an advocate for safe harbor and works on all sides of bug bounties. Past experience includes security testing for both DAST and SAST. He gives training sessions for those looking to becomes penetration testers or hackers and is driven to keep information safe.
Jessica Solper, Offensive Security Manager, Salesforce
Jordyn Kramer, E-Crimes Investigator, VerizonMedia
Jordyn Kramer has spent over a decade working in both the physical and cyber security worlds. She spent ten years as a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service (USSS), investigating complex financial and cyber crimes cases, and providing security assessments and physical protection to both US and foreign dignitaries, both in the United States and abroad. While employed with the USSS, she studied the psychophysiological detection of deception, at the National Center for Credibility Assessment at Fort Jackson, SC, and became a Federally Certified Polygraph Examiner. In that role she worked with ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Forces throughout the country, to help identify the hands on abuse of children. In January 2017, she left the government to move into the private sector and now works at Verizon Media (formerly known as Yahoo) as a cyber crimes investigator, specializing in online fraud and child exploitation cases. She is a graduate of Stanford University, with an honors degree in American Studies.
Julie Tsai, Information Security, Roblox
I have a bedrock passion for security, privacy — and enabling technology to better society. Experienced as CISO reporting to CEO for private $100M+ company. For Fortune 1, led 2/3 of Infosec team for its $13.5B eCommerce.
Accomplished with PCI, IPO-readiness, SOX, GLB, forensics. Due diligence, change, incident, performance, DR/BC. 15+ yrs hands-on; 13 yrs sys admin; 12+ yrs DevSecOps; 9 yrs primary 24/7; 2 yrs dev. Proficient with UNIX, shell scripting, cfengine. OSS roots. Developed intuition for "what's going to break next."
Adrienne Allen, Leader Security & Privacy Governance, Risk & Compliance, Coinbase
Adrienne Allen, CISSP, CIPM, leads Security and Privacy Governance, Risk, & Compliance at Coinbase, a global cryptocurrency exchange. Adrienne oversees Coinbase’s security control environment and privacy operations, and works with industry groups on emerging standards for cryptocurrency and fintech ecosystems. Prior to Coinbase, Adrienne spent over a decade consulting for federal and commercial clients on security risk management and incident response policy and process. She is also a national cybersecurity fellow alumnus of the New America Foundation. Adrienne graduated from the University of Virginia and holds an MA in Global Security Strategy from Johns Hopkins University.
Kaitlin O’Neil, Technical Recruiter, Bishop Fox
Kaitlyn Handelman, Professional Red Teamer, City College of San Francisco
A life-long hacker, a member of the City College of San Francisco competitive hacking team, and professional Red teamer, Kaitlyn Handelman helped teach workshops at RSA, Black Hat, and Defcon. Her background includes web and database security, high and low level programming, exploit development, penetration testing, and hardware hacking. She regularly tutors students in cybersecurity and volunteers to teach disadvantaged members of the community basic and advanced computer skills.
Kaizhe Huang, Security Researcher, Sysdig
Kaizhe Huang is Security Researcher in Sysdig where he spent a lot time in security research in kubernetes. Previously, as Senior Security Engineer at Oracle Database Security Group, he helped building security products including: Database Vault, Database Privilege Analyzer and Database Assessment Tool. Kaizhe holds M.S. degrees in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kate Broussard (eWPT), Senior Security Analyst, Bishop Fox
Katie Murphy, Cybersecurity Engineer, Credit Karma
Katie Murphy is a cybersecurity engineer securing Credit Karma's cloud and SaaS infrastructure. Previously they did IT at Google and Georgetown University. Proud cat parent, compost educator, and FUF community forester.
Kavya Pearlman, Founder, XR Safety Initiative
Well known as the “Cyber Guardian”, Kavya Pearlman is an Award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is the founder of non-profit, XR Safety Initiative (XRSI). XRSI is the very first global effort that promotes privacy, security, ethics and develops standards and guidelines for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) collectively known as XR.
Kavya is constantly exploring new technologies to solve current cybersecurity challenges. She has been named one of the Top Cybersecurity influencers for two consecutive years 2018-29019 by IFSEC Global. Kavya has won many awards for her work and contribution to the security community including 40 under 40 Top Business Executives 2019 by San Francisco Business Times, Rising Star of the year 2019 by Women in IT Award Series and Minority CISO of the Year 2018 by ICMCP. For her work with XR Safety Initiative, Middle East CISO Council recently awarded her - CISO 100 Women Security Leader award in Dubai.
Kavya has advised Facebook on third party security risks during 2016 US presidential elections.
She currently advices Wallarm, a global security company that protects hundreds of customers across e-commerce, fintech, health-tech, and SaaS for their artificial intelligence powered application security platform as a Global Cybersecurity Strategist. Kavya holds a master’s degree network security from DePaul University, Chicago and holds many prestigious Information Security certifications including CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) from ISACA, PCI-DSS-ISA (Internal Security Assessor) and PCIP for Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council. Kavya is truly passionate about her work and inspires many around the world including women and underrepresented communities in security and emerging technologies. Kavya gives back to the tech community by mentoring women through “Million Women Mentor” program and is a board of director for non-profit “Minorities in Cybersecurity” as well as advisory board member for “CISO Council North America”.
Kayla Pate, Penetration Tester, Paylocity
Kayla Pate is a Penetration Tester at Paylocity and is located in the Seattle, Washington area. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems. Kayla got her start in Security as a Security Analyst and has over 4 years of experience working in Security. She focuses on helping product teams incorporate Application Security into their everyday routines in order to build secure products and keep Paylocity's customer's safe.
Kelly Albrink, Security Analyst, Bishop Fox
Kelly Albrink is a Security Analyst at Bishop Fox where she specializes in network penetration testing, social engineering, and hardware/embedded security. Kelly has presented at a number of Bay Area events including DeadDrop, Day of Shecurity, and OktaRex.
She is a recipient of the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy scholarship and is an active CTF participant. Kelly has competed in the NetWars Tournament of Champions. In addition, she volunteers with her local hackerspace, Noisebridge, where she organizes Infosec Lab Nights and mentors aspiring penetration testers.
Kevin M. Coleman, Founder, KMC Empowerment
Kevin M. Coleman is the founder of KMC Empowerment where he provides empowering speeches, leadership training, communication training, professional development training, and executive coaching to help make individuals and organizations successful. KMC Empowerment has always been a passion of Kevin. Kevin knew that he had much to offer those in leadership positions to help make organization reach maximum growth objectives! This starts with building relationships and partnerships. Therefore, KMC Empowerment was established to help promote professionalism, work ethic, passion, and relationship building techniques that will always inspire individuals and organizations to exemplify team excellence. KMC Empowerment trainings incorporate some of John C. Maxwell’s principles.