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 in 2019 (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): How to Effectively Build a Security First Culture (2021 -  Closing Keynote): The Secret to Increasing Your Budget, Getting Promoted, and Expanding Your Team: Concise and Clear Reporting
  • Cofense Submerge (2019): Holy Mackerel: Reducing Phish Click Rates With Targeted Training, (2020): Phishing: Your Worst Anemone, named Trailblazer of the Year in 2019
  • Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) Fall Summit (2019): Branding and Marketing for Security: Building a Security-First Culture
  • FinCyber Today (2022): Building a Security Architecture Team from Zero
  • Grace Hopper Celebration (2021):  Whodunit? Investigating a Cyber Incident in 22 Minutes or Less
  • National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) Fall Summit  (2020): Don’t be Koi: Are Phishing Consequences Right for Your Organization?
  • Northwestern Mutual Women in Tech Conference (2021): Whodunit? Investigating a Cyber Incident in 22 Minutes or Less, (2022): Cybersecurity 101)
  • OFN Conference for the CDFI Industry (Panelist 2022): Building a Resilient CDFI Organization While Keeping the Hackers Out
  • OWASP NYC  (2019, Panel Moderator): Lessons Learned in Application Security
  • Women in Cybersecurity National Conference (2019): Why Leveraging Soft Skills is Key to Succeeding in Tech, (2020): Succeeding in Times of Stress

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, vGHC20, vGHC21, 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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