Cimone Wright-Hamor works at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a cybersecurity researcher while pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. She has spent the last decade of her life interning at a variety of organizations. She has had ten internships at more than six different organizations, including public and private industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to successful startups such as Smart-Ag, state government, and national laboratories.
Cimone has spent the last five years of her career working in the cybersecurity field. While completing research, she has helped protect the infrastructure for the State of Iowa and ensured that startup companies are developing software with security in mind.
In this episode, we discuss getting started in information security due to responding to an incident, an early upbringing which prepared her for cybersecurity, bridging theory to engineering, teaming with dev and security teams, the importance of project updates, increasing diversity in the industry, and so much more.