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OWASP AppSec DC 2012/Baking Security In How to Get Every IT Architect toBecome a Security Ambassador

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The Presentation

In order to fulfill the call of _building in security and making it part of the DNA of the organization', we need people with the right level of skills, knowledge and mindset. But what would such a team look like? Are they architects or are they engineers? How would you develop such a team? Where do you find the people who are best suited for these roles? What are the questions that you ask them, and what should an organization expect of them? And perhaps more importantly, how do you keep challenging them and building their skills so they want to stay with your organization? Michele will pull from her 22 years experience to bring perspectives as both a senior member on the Corporate Security Team who has mentored and trained many IT Security professionals, as well as her most recent experience as Cisco's Senior Information Security Architect with a Human Resources IT group.

The Speakers

Michele Guel

Michele D. Guel

Distinguished IT Engineer/Senior Security Architect Cisco Systems

Michele's passion is to inspire, lead and mentor people. Prior to joining Cisco, Michele spent 11 years at NASA Ames Research Center in multiple roles. In her last role, she formulated, founded and headed the information security program for the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation (NAS) Facility at Ames Research Center.

She joined Cisco in March 1996 as the founding member of Cisco's internal security team, which is now the Corporate Security Programs Office. During her 16 years at Cisco, she has had the opportunity to work on all facets of information and network security. In 2009 Michele founded the Security Knowledge Empowerment (SKE) program which is geared towards growing and developing security knowledge within Cisco IT. In the fall of 2010 Michele was promoted to the level of Distinguished IT Engineer, one of 14 in all of Cisco IT and the first and only female within Cisco IT.

Outside of Cisco, Michele has been an avid participant, speaker, teacher, influencer and evangelist in the cyber security industry for over 22 years. Her most recent work focuses on developing & codifying the practice and art of Information Security Engineering & Architecture. Her motto is all about 'Building it in and not bolting it on'

Michele has B.A., in Mathematics with a minor in Cybernetic Systems, and has also completed a two-year program in Biblical Studies.

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