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Kate Vajda

Senior Vulnerability Analyst

Kate Vajda is a Senior Vulnerability Analyst for Dragos Intelligence Team. Kate analyzes public advisories for accuracy, understanding, and correction to feed Intelligence and the Platform. She also performs vulnerability research and assessments of software and hardware, as needed.  Kate believes in leaving everything better than she found it with her top two priorities being process and automation.

Prior to Dragos, Kate was a senior security consultant at Secure Ideas, focusing on network penetration testing, architecture reviews, and security program maturity guidance. She also has 8 years experience at a Fortune 500 utility where she worked with several aspects of the company, including business, IT, OT, and security.  She started her profession in a network research lab where she was free to explore technology and utilize different techniques for implementation and automation.

Kate is also an adjunct professor in the security program at a local college and a network admin for her local church. She spends her free time playing board games, breaking escape room records, organizing security conferences, and running or playing in CTFs.

Formal Education

  • Bachelors of Science
    Computer Science / Information Technology with a concentration in Networking
    Central Michigan University

Certifications

  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler
  • GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
  • GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification
  • GIAC Network Forensic Analyst

 

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