Join us for a conversation in our security practitioner series as we learn about the career and day to day activities of a Principal Security Architect with decades of experience.
Kat Fitzgerald (@rnbwkat on twitter)
@BsidesChicago / bsideschicago.org - Lead Organizer since 2017
First DEFCON was DC 3 (1995) with 16 speakers! Kat has many years in the Security field, with an emphasis on Security Operations, Incident Response and Purple Teams.
Most recently, Kat spent 5 years at Apple in Cupertino as Senior Security Architect/Engineer and in charge of Incident Response and the Security Operations Center. These days you will find Kat at Zebra Technologies as Principal Security Architect taking on the challenge of IoT, Cloud, k8s and Android security architectures and engineering. Based in Chicago and a natural creature of winter, you can typically find Kat sipping Casa Noble Anejo whilst simultaneously defending her systems using OSS, magic spells and Dancing Flamingos against a barrage of attackers. Honeypots are one of her favorite technologies, although they are now called "deceptive technologies," but she finds that they provide much more actual "threat intel" than most commercial services.