I’m Cybersecurity Consultant MacKenzie Brown, And This Is How I Work

Hopefully, the first cyber-attack that MacKenzie Brown helps you survive will be a fake one. Otherwise you’ll end up calling her and her colleagues at Optiv Security when you’ve already been compromised by a hack.

As an incident response consultant, Brown helps clients prepare for, or recover from, intrusions from hackers. And as the founder of the non-profit Ms. GreyHat, Brown provides training and networking for girls and women studying and practicing cybersecurity. We talked to her about her infosec work and her best security advice.

Location: Boise, ID Current gig: Incident Response Consultant, Optiv Security Current computer: MacBook Pro, Surface Book Pro, Pi 3 for hobby-hacking Current mobile device:iPhone (Apple addict) One word that best describes how you work: Flip. As in coin flip. It’s really a toss-up between being frantic or in the zone/on auto-pilot.Rethink what security means for you.

First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.

When I was a little girl, I thought I was going to become a famous movie star like Audrey Hepburn or Julia Roberts. After my first year of college as a theatre major, I realised that reality was far-fetched, and honestly the “little Idahoan moves to the big city” is a bit cliché anyway. more

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