About Me

About Me

Hi, I'm Megan Kaczanowski, a cybersecurity professional in New York City. I work as the Assistant Director of Security Strategy and Threat Modeling at Northwestern Mutual (NM) and am pursuing my Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Previously, I've worked as a Lead Security Architect (at NM), a Threat Intelligence Lead for the Americas at S&P Global and as a Teaching Assistant for the NYU Bridge to Computer Science Program.

In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, yoga, and scuba diving (basically anything outdoors).

I'm also passionate about increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in cybersecurity and in support of that goal, I serve as the President of WiCyS New York Metro (recognized as one of the top two WiCyS affiliates in 2021).

Education and Certifications

  • Current Computer Science Master's student at Georgia Tech
  • Completed the NYU Bridge Program to Computer Science with Distinction (Discrete Math, Intro to C++, Intro to Networking, Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan
  • Associate of ISC^2: CISSP exam
  • GIAC: Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • Treadstone 71: Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft Professional
  • Splunk: Core Certified User and Core Certified Power User (December 2019 - December 2021)
  • AWS: SysOps Associate, Developer Associate, Solutions Architect Associate, Security Specialty

Writing

Speaking

  • CircleCityCon (2020, 2021 -  Closing Keynote)
  • Cofense Submerge (2019, 2020), named Trailblazer of the Year in 2019
  • Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) Fall Summit (2019)
  • FinCyber Today 2022
  • Grace Hopper Celebration (2021)
  • National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) Fall Summit  (2020)
  • Northwestern Mutual Women in Tech Conference (2021, 2022)
  • OWASP NYC  (2019, Panel Moderator)
  • Women in Cybersecurity National Conference (2019, 2020)

Community Involvement

  • Cyber912 Judge (An annual competition for college students put on by Columbia SIPA, Columbia Engineering, and the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative) (2021)
  • FS-ISAC FinCyber Today Conference Content Committee (2022)
  • GIAC Advisory Board (2021 - Present)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration Security and Privacy Committee Member (GHC19, GHC20, GHC22)
  • NICE Planning Committee (2023)
  • Northwestern Mutual WIT Conference Content Committee (2022)
  • WiCyS NY Metro Affiliate Co-Founder and President (2019 - 2022)

Contact Me

If you have questions, comments, or just want to say hi, you can find me on Twitter, Github, or LinkedIn and if you're in New York and would like to grab coffee, please reach out!

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