Security Unlocked 3.8.21
Ep 18 | 3.8.21

Celebrating Women in Security

Show Notes

Today is International Women’s Day, and we are celebrating with a very special episode of Security Unlocked. Hosts Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla revisit their favorite interviews with some of the prominent women featured previously on the podcast.

We speak with Holly Stewart, a Principal Research Lead at Microsoft and known in the Defender organization as “The Queen of AI.” Holly shares how building a security team with different perspectives helps to better understand and stop threats.

Next, we talk with Dr. Anna Bertiger, a Senior Applied Scientist at Microsoft. Anna has an incredible passion for math and explains how she’s using math to catch villains and make computer networks safer. 

Finally, we explore what it’s like to hunt down threats with Sam Schwartz, a Program Manager with Microsoft Threat Experts. She came to Microsoft right out of college and didn’t even know what malware was; now she’s helping coordinate a team of threat hunters on the cutting edge of attack prevention. 

Security Unlocked will be highlighting female security leaders at Microsoft throughout the month of March. Subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss an episode! 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How math is used to help analyze attack trends 
  • How AI and ML help identify patterns that can stop attacks 
  • How threat hunters are tracking down the newest security risks 
  • Why Microsoft Threat Experts are focused on human adversaries, not malware 

Some Questions We Ask:

  • How do AI and ML factor into solving complicated security problems? 
  • What’s next on the horizon for data science? 
  • How do you use math to determine if an action is dangerous or benign? 
  • Why do threat hunters need to limit the scope of their work? 
  • What skills do you need to be a security program manager? 


Sam Schwartz’s LinkedIn

Dr. Anna Bertiger’s LinkedIn

Holly Stewart’s LinkedIn

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