6Keirsten Brager

“Whatever work was not being done, I always viewed that as opportunities, regardless of role or title.”

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Keirsten Brager is a lead security engineer at a Fortune 500 power utility company and was recently named one of Dark Reading’s “Top Women in Security Quietly Changing the Game.” She is also the author of Secure the InfoSec Bag: Six-Figure Career Guide for Women in Security. She produced this guide to empower women with the strategies needed to maximize their earning potential. Keirsten holds an MS in cybersecurity from UMUC and several industry certifications, including Splunk, CISSP, CASP, and Security+. As an active member of the Houston security community, she has participated in a number of panels and public speaking engagements, promoting strategies for success. In her free time, she loves sharing career advice on her blog, cooking New Orleans food, and convincing women not to quit the industry.

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