Before she began her career as a Cyber Ninja, Mari earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Columbus State University and a Master of Science in Information Systems.
Mari loves solving puzzles which is why she enjoys her career in cyber security so much. She began her cyber career with Accenture as a Network Engineer. Since then, she has worked with many amazing companies which have extended her experience to include network design, risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, incident response and policy development across government and commercial industries.
Mari has over 9 years of Information Technology experience, 8 of which are in cybersecurity. Mari currently works in Las Vegas for a large casino company as a Security Architect and she is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College.
To me, cybersecurity means protecting data from being destroyed, stolen, or misused. It means gaining the trust of your users to keep them safe. It also means implementing tools and applications that are secure but don’t disrupt the business.
Cyber security is a challenge that will never go away. As long as we are connected virtually, we will have to face the challenges of security. And that’s the fun part!WOMEN OF SILICON VALLEY
Awards & Legacy
Not only does Mari have an impressive career in Cyber Security, she is also the CEO of the Women’s Society of CyberJutsu otherwise known as WSC. WSC aims to increase the number of women in cyber security professions, from just 20% in the US. They provide members with the resources and support required to enter and advance as a cyber security professional.
Listen to Mari talk about starting WSC below and what to expect from entrepreneur life…
Mari is also the inaugural ISC2 Diversity Award winner for 2019.