Katie Nickels is the director of intelligence for Red Canary as well as a SANS certified instructor for FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence. She has worked on cyber threat intelligence (CTI), network defense, and incident response for over a decade for the DoD, ManTech, and MITRE, including as the Threat Intelligence Lead for MITRE ATkatiT&CK. Katie hails from a liberal arts background with degrees from Smith College and Georgetown University, embracing the power of applying liberal arts prowess to cybersecurity. Katie regularly shares her expertise with presentations, webcasts, podcasts, and blog posts, including on Twitter (@LiketheCoins) and via her personal blog, “Katie’s Five Cents.”
Katie has also served as a co-chair of the SANS CTI Summit and FIRST CTI Symposium. She has received multiple awards, including a SANS Difference Maker Award and the President’s Award from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Katie also serves as the Program Manager for the Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, which seeks to inspire young women to learn more about STEM. When she’s not thinking about cyber threats, Katie enjoys home organization, CrossFit, and baking.