Michelle Ward opens our 2017 Spot Light Speakers Series with a conversation about Application Security. Enjoy!
Michelle Ward is the founder of Cyber Safe Workforce LLC, a company that helps workplaces teach employees computer security basics. Before starting her own company, she worked 11 years in the defense space building web applications area as a software engineer. Always part of a small team, Michelle learned to wear many hats: leading projects, interfacing with stakeholders, designing, building, testing, deploying and maintaining her applications in a secure environment.
Michelle received her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), and has had training from BlackHat and DerbyCon in Web application insecurity and hacking web applications using the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten. Her former career includes a small stint in penetration testing.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for information security and believes that each person has an important role to play. Her volunteer efforts include Cyberthon and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Summer Cyber Camps.