Speakers Bios #2
Kristen Beneduce, Senior Cybersecurity Researcher and Incident Responder, Sandia National Laboratories
Kristen is a career transitioner. After a start in contemporary art and operations management she earned her MS in Computer Science and Cybersecurity through a NSF funded scholarship. Today she helps build future-focused cybersecurity technologies for national cyber defense and smokes out threats on critical networks as a security researcher and incident responder. Kristen is a co-founder of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Silicon Valley Chapter.
Kristin Del Rosso, Threat Intelligence, Lookout
Kristin Del Rosso is a member of Lookout's Threat Intelligence Team in San Francisco, where she hunts for nation state malware and targeted surveillanceware. She has spoken at BlackHat and NSEC on state-sponsored malware campaigns, and continues to work with her team to map out attacker infrastructure and better understand the actors and motives behind these mobile threats.
Kristin Parke, Security Consultant, NCC Group
Kristin is a pentester and programmer who enjoys the creative process of breaking and making software. She specializes in testing web and mobile applications. Kristin currently works at NCC Group. Kristin is an advocate for increasing the representation of women and underrepresented groups in the security industry.
Lewis Ardern, Senior Security Consultant, Synopsys
Lillian Teng, Senior Manager, Verizon Media Advanced Cyber Threats Team
Lillian Teng is currently the Senior Manager of the Verizon Media Advanced Cyber Threats Team. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Go Hoyas!), she joined the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) as a Cyber Special Agent in 2003, where she began tracking government backed cyber actors and served in both the Middle East and Asia. After leaving NCIS in 2011, she joined Booz Allen Hamilton and worked at the National Cyber Joint Investigative Task Force as well as the FBI’s Cyber Division Asia Cyber Operations Section. After over 10 years in US government service, Lillian decided to try her hand at private sector life and joined Yahoo!, which became Verizon Media in 2019.
Manju Mude, Security Leader, Verizon Media
Manju Mude is an industry Security leader with nearly 20 years of experience in building information security, risk management, security investigations, and vulnerability reduction programs. She is a “Paranoids” Security Leader at Verizon Media, where she helps lead an essential security team defend against adversaries to protect over a billion users. At Verizon Media, she leads Security Culture and Security Education programs focusing on risk-aware behavioral change, has launched “Paranoids University”, an internal training program that teaches all employees on building secure code and systems. Prior to joining Verizon via the Yahoo acquisition, Manju held several leadership positions, including Chief Security Officer of Splunk, Security Leader at Apple, RSA, and Bank of America. In 2019, Manju received an honorable mention as a Woman of Impact in Cybersecurity, in SC Magazine. She is an advocate for education in the workforce, strength through diversity and inclusion, boosting female representation in information security, and the intersection of security with human rights.
Matt Torbin, Application Security Engineer, Opendoor
Matt Torbin is an Application Security Engineer for Opendoor and the concept creator behind Day of Shecurity. As a multi-faceted technologist with almost twenty years in the industry, Matt Torbin has had a direct impact on almost every aspect of the software development lifecycle. Early in his career, Matt worked as a front-end, full stack engineer specializing in UI/UX. During this time he was involved in both development as well as testing efforts which included quality and security efforts. Recently, he completed a career transition to information security. In his free time, he is passionate about promoting equality in the industry and offering mentorship to young technologists
Maxine Flicher, Security Analyst, IOActive
Maxine is a US Army Veteran, currently attending the University of Washington – Tacoma as a Senior pursuing a degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. She has experience as a Security Analyst hunting wireless threats and vulnerabilities, and currently works for IOActive as a Security Consultant applying her knowledge to help companies identify wireless risks within their environments. She has also served as a Teaching assistant for the UWT CPES program, which builds and delivers cybersecurity focused curricula for K-12 students, where she focused on wireless security and RF concepts. Maxine was selected for the SANS Women’s Immersion Academy 2018 Cohort and holds the GSEC, GCIH, and GPEN GIAC certifications.
Melanie Masterson, Threat Intelligence & Response, Airbnb
Mel Masterson is on the Threat Intelligence and Response team in Information Security at Airbnb. She has a bachelors degree in Computer Information System and is recognized by SANS Institute as certified incident handler and Windows security administrator. She has been working in tech for over a decade. In 2018, Mel was the events lead for Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She is passionate about protecting people from cyber criminal activity and sharing her knowledge with people who want to learn those skills particularly those who traditionally do not have access to opportunity. Fun fact: She is a former Day of Shecurity attendee. You can find her on Twitter @melsecurity.
Meliana Handoko, Security Analyst, Twilio
Meliana Handoko is a Security Analyst at Twilio. She is responsible for raising awareness of Twilio’s trust and cybersecurity marketing and communications efforts. Previously, Meliana led marketing teams and consulted across top Industrial IoT organizations such as CalAmp and Sierra Wireless division. She focuses on developing positioning strategy, raising brand awareness, enhancing client experience and engagement to build demand and pipeline. She believes technology through inclusivity empowers a stronger, more innovative society.
Nicolette Furtado, Software Engineer, Verizon Media
Nicolette Furtado is a software engineer in the Paranoids at Verizon Media where she is part of the Threat Engineering team. She has a MS in Computer Science from Arizona State University. She enjoys working at the intersection of software engineering and security and is excited to attend the Women in Shecurity conference!
Niru Ragupathy, Security Engineer, Google
Experience in web and mobile application security. Completed the "Pentesting with Backtrack" course and received OSCP in 2012. Enjoy breaking applications and following the latest security trends.
Patricia Joseph, Principle Security Engineer, Matson Navigation
Patricia is a seasoned security engineer who has worked in Incident Response consulting at Target Corporation, Walmart and recently worked at Twitter. She has a masters in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason and an undergraduate in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works as a Principle Security Engineer in the Maritime industry for Matson Navigation.
Samantha Cowan, Security Compliance Manager, HackerOne
Samantha Cowan is the Security Compliance Manager at HackerOne, the #1 hacker-powered pentest and bug bounty platform. Samantha has extensive experience with complex security projects involving security monitoring, organizational compliance, threat detection, and incident response. Prior to HackerOne, Samantha was the Director of Compliance at OneLogin, as well as a security engineer at CoverHound / CyberPolicy, and Zenefits. Samantha holds an MS in Cybersecurity and MBA from the University of Maryland. She lives in San Jose with her amazing pup (Layla), her sphynx (Pancake) and a number of snakes. She loves food, comedy, art, and music.
Sayali Charhate, Security Engineer, PayPal
Sayali Charhate is a Security Engineer working at PayPal as a part of Security Architecture, Engineering and Operations (SAEO). For last four years, she has been an integral part of developing application security products solving cryptographic needs of this trusted payments platform. In her views, there is still a big gap between usability and security. She enjoys working on unique problems this domain has to offer. Before joining PayPal, she completed her master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Southern California (USC).
Shamika Abraham, Senior Security Customer Trust Specialist, Twilio, Inc.
Shamika Abraham is blossoming cybersecurity professional currently working at Twilio Inc. as a Senior Security Customer Trust specialist managing security assessments for global enterprise customers in a range of industries. Shamika is an east Oakland native born to parents plagued with struggles of drug addiction, incarceration and low expectations.
She was left to take her journey into her own hands. She adopted a hustlers mentality approach to her career and fell into finance as a pre-teen. She started studying finance in college in Sacramento but quickly realized it wasn't for her, walked out of class one day and never looked back. Seeing education as very a la carte she’s intellectually curious but on her own terms, preferring to take a class or attend a conference on subjects she's interested in vs the traditional college experience.
Shamika’s career in “tech” began in 2013 when she landed a role as a compliance specialist for a solar startup in Oakland. This exposure magnified her interest in the fast paced industry; she’s has had a lifelong curiosity for technology but couldn't quite figure where she fit in. She investigated coding to become a developer and working in IT but it wasn't until she found a love for cybersecurity and started studying for her first security certification that she knew she was on the right path. Last year she decided to leave finance for security after over a decade when she landed her current role. Shamika has begun pursuing opportunities to encourage women of color, specifically black women, to develop an interest in security. She’s noticed that her nontraditional background has already made an impact in her current role and wants to support building a more diverse talent pool for this rapidly growing industry especially considering that a lot of the roles in cybersecurity are non-technical. In her free time Shamika loves sunny Sundays at Lake Merritt, reading, brunch and international travel.
Shruti Gupta, Director of Engineering, Brex
Passionate about building information security from 0 to 1 for hyper-growth and high-risk companies. Advisor to several interesting startups and investors.
Vibha Sethi, Principal Product Security Engineer, Verizon Media
Vibha Sethi is a Principal Product Security Engineer at Verizon Media, specializing in Application Security. In this role, she leads security initiatives for Advertising and Payment platforms. One of the key initiatives led by Vibha in her current role is Content Security Policy (CSP) adoption - a control that has not only helped improve security but has been very beneficial for increasing company revenue primarily by suppressing ad injection. Before joining Verizon Media (previously Yahoo), Vibha was a Senior Software Engineer at Motorola, Inc responsible for Audio Resource Management modules in mobile phones.
Wade Davis II, Advisor and Consultant at Netflix, Google and the NFL
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and corporate inclusion & culture advisor on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and consults for numerous professional sports leagues.
Wade advises and creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.
Beyond sports, Wade is currently a consultant at tech giant Google and Netflix and advises other Fortune 500 companies on intersectional inclusion. Additionally, he’s a senior D&I consultant at YSC, global think tank and leadership-consulting firm. At YSC, Wade partners with corporations to create transformative inclusion strategies and programs.
Wade is a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation, an ambassador for National Fair Housing Alliance, and a member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Robbie Kaplan and others.
He has partnered with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and HuffPost Women, separately, launching initiatives and PSA’s to define, establish and achieve the political, social and economic equality for all.
Understanding the importance of engaging men, he built a Men’s Gender Equality Leadership program that’s launching in partnership with the United Nations in February. His work is to engage, educate and help men understand what actions to take toward Gender Equality. Check out Wade’s TED Talk entitled: The Mask of Masculinity, as he looks to continually engage men around gender, masculinity & narrow definitions of manhood.
Wade extended his reach into Hollywood where he consulted and guest starred on American Crime, ABC’s critically acclaimed Emmy winning series from Oscar winner John Ridley.
A former national surrogate for President Obama, Wade is a former professor at NYU and Rutgers and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Northeastern University.
Zassmin Montes de Oca, Application Security Engineer, Coinbase
Zassmin is passionate about application security and promoting women in technology. She started her career as a software engineer before co-founding Women Who Code, serving as their CTO and Board Vice Chair. Zassmin’s interest in security propelled her into her current role as an Application Security Engineer at Coinbase