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Decoding Conference Proposals with Lea Snyder

Season 1, Ep. 25

Lea Snyder, Principal Security Engineer at Microsoft joins Wendy Zenone and Nic Fillingham on this week's episode of The BlueHat Podcast. Lea is a security leader focused on security strategy and helping organizations mature their security posture and security programs, focusing on areas including IAM, product security, and risk management. Lea explains her unique role as a security architect, highlighting problem-solving across various domains within Microsoft. She shares her unconventional path to cybersecurity, starting with a background in economics and an MBA, and how she transitioned from IT roles to security. Lea, Wendy, and Nic discuss the importance of diverse backgrounds in the industry and offer advice on entering the cybersecurity field. Lea also discusses her involvement in community-driven conferences, particularly B-sides, highlighting their diverse and unique content. 

  

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:    

 

  • Tips for submitting conference proposals 
  • Challenges when balancing anonymity during a submission 
  • The importance of a supportive approach in the conference submission process 

 

Some Questions We Ask:     

 

  • Is there a typical anonymization process to ensure fairness and inclusivity? 
  • What are some challenges when selecting talks that resonate with an audience? 
  • Can you elaborate on the value behind B-sides conferences and the unique atmosphere?  

 


Resources:  

View Lea Snyder on LinkedIn 

View Wendy Zenone on LinkedIn 

View Nic Fillingham on LinkedIn 

 

 

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