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10 More Women in Security You May Not Know But Should

The second installment in a series highlighting women who are driving change in cybersecurity but may not be on your radar - yet.
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Krista Mikaele Theodore
IT Security Analyst, Memorial Healthcare System
Krista Theodore's cybersecurity career path started with an accidental internship placement at Royal Caribbean Cruises the summer after her freshman year at Penn State. She had applied for and landed the IT compliance internship not realizing it was actually a position for a graduating college senior. 'The first day, they realized I wasn't a senior,' she recalls. She told them she was double-majoring in information sciences and technology and cybersecurity and risk analysis, and they kept her on.
 The cruise line placed her with its compliance team, where she established an information security awareness newsletter and got hands-on experience installing a VPN and other security tools.
 Today Theodore is on Florida's Memorial Healthcare System security team, working on security monitoring and incident response, identifying potential threats, and assisting with mitigation tasks. Prior to that, she worked as a security engineer at the University of Miami, where she was responsible for helping set up its security strategies and consulting on security best practices, including crafting a security awareness program.
In 2015, Theodore also created the University of Miami's first-ever cybersecurity conference, a free event for local businesses and organizations. 'I wanted it to be a platform for neighboring organizations,' Theodore recalls. 
Providing community outreach with her security expertise has become a lifestyle for Theodore. She also operates a side project of her own she calls Digital Immigrant. 'It started out as a joke; it's what I used to call my parents,' she says of the local gratis education, training, and security awareness service she offers to users who didn't grow up with the Internet, PCs, or smartphones. 'I created a program for people who adopted technology after the advent of technology and weren't raised with it.'
Theodore says she's on call for folks who need help when they get a sketchy email that could be a phish or a fraudulent call from 'the IRS,' for example. Her home state of Florida is not only home to a major population of retirees, she points out, but is one of the top states for identity theft.
 R&R for Theodore means coming home after work and playing with her in-home computer lab. 'I'm building my own personal lab, breaking and fixing things and putting up firewalls,' she says. 'I have virtual machines on old laptops, old networking gear,' and other odds and ends on a home network, she says.
 Next for Theodore: 'I'd eventually like to get into application development and AppSec,' she says.
---By Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor, Dark Reading

Krista Mikale Thodore

IT Security Analyst, Memorial Healthcare System

Krista Thodore's cybersecurity career path started with an accidental internship placement at Royal Caribbean Cruises the summer after her freshman year at Penn State. She had applied for and landed the IT compliance internship not realizing it was actually a position for a graduating college senior. "The first day, they realized I wasn't a senior," she recalls. She told them she was double-majoring in information sciences and technology and cybersecurity and risk analysis, and they kept her on.

The cruise line placed her with its compliance team, where she established an information security awareness newsletter and got hands-on experience installing a VPN and other security tools.

Today Thodore is on Florida's Memorial Healthcare System security team, working on security monitoring and incident response, identifying potential threats, and assisting with mitigation tasks. Prior to that, she worked as a security engineer at the University of Miami, where she was responsible for helping set up its security strategies and consulting on security best practices, including crafting a security awareness program.

In 2015, Thodore also created the University of Miami's first-ever cybersecurity conference, a free event for local businesses and organizations. "I wanted it to be a platform for neighboring organizations," Thodore recalls.

Providing community outreach with her security expertise has become a lifestyle for Thodore. She also operates a side project of her own she calls Digital Immigrant. "It started out as a joke; it's what I used to call my parents," she says of the local gratis education, training, and security awareness service she offers to users who didn't grow up with the Internet, PCs, or smartphones. "I created a program for people who adopted technology after the advent of technology and weren't raised with it."

Thodore says she's on call for folks who need help when they get a sketchy email that could be a phish or a fraudulent call from "the IRS," for example. Her home state of Florida is not only home to a major population of retirees, she points out, but is one of the top states for identity theft.

R&R for Thodore means coming home after work and playing with her in-home computer lab. "I'm building my own personal lab, breaking and fixing things and putting up firewalls," she says. "I have virtual machines on old laptops, old networking gear," and other odds and ends on a home network, she says.

Next for Thodore: "I'd eventually like to get into application development and AppSec," she says.

---By Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor, Dark Reading

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10/21/2018 | 7:46:18 AM
Re: Jamie Tomasello
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8/17/2018 | 11:13:01 AM
Extroverts?
I have worked with and reported to female coworkers and leaders. The leaders in this article seem to have a common trait of being extroverts, no difference in comparison to their male counterparts. However, a lot of unsung female heros are not extroverts and work diligiently with their team members and customers. They do not want publicity. To me, they are also leaders...

 
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Jamie Tomasello
I don't know that in this sphere are working pretty girls, like this. This article is very interesting for me. Jamie Tomasello has interesting experience and give me good advices in my work!
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