About Me

About Me

Hi, I'm Megan Kaczanowski, a cybersecurity professional in New York City. I work as a Security Architect at Northwestern Mutual and study Computer Science in Georgia Tech's Master's program. Previously, I've worked as the 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 two top 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
  • AWS: SysOps Associate, Developer Associate, Solutions Architect Associate, Security Specialty

Writing

Speaking

I occasionally enjoy speaking at conferences and events. Past events I've spoken at:

  • 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)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration (2021)
  • National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) Fall Summit  (2020)
  • OWASP NYC  (2019, Panel Moderator, Event Host)
  • Women in Cybersecurity National Conference (2019, 2020)

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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