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Women Who Reign: Lauren Brennan

“You don’t have to be a stereotype to be successful.”

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a political science major who focuses on information security policy and regulations. I run a blog called femmetek that is aimed to provide resources to underrepresented women and other minorities in STEM fields and to allow them see people who share similar traits in these fields by doing a weekly “herstory thursdays” biographical bit on different women in the STEM industries.
Fun fact – I was a dancer and theater student for 12 years of my life until I started college

What # would define your life journey?
#wonderwoman

Favorite website / app:
Cybrary.it is one of my favorites for learning new computer security tools, Twitter is great for following IS people and getting their two sense. I love the new app “duet” that uses your ipad as a second monitor! other websites include krebsonsecurity and darkreading.net

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Oh gosh, there have been so so many people in my life who have inspired me, but I would say @tarah and @malwareunicorn (on twitter) have both inspired me a lot by being unapologetically themselves! Tarah’s book “Women in Tech” is a great read and has a lot of great advice regarding being a woman in technology fields and I really recommend everyone read it!

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Song that makes you want to dance:
oh man this is such a hard answer. I love Demi Lovato’s “Confident” and Little Mix’s “Salute” as my go to songs generally, but I’m also LOVING “Woman” by Kesha now too.

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
Coming to terms with the fact that I didn’t like programming but that I wanted to still be in computer security and wanted to be involved with helping other women in computer science is probably the hardest challenge/crossroads I have faced. I’ve faced some significant blow back for not being a computer science major, but still being in the computer security/science fields but that has only made my resolve deepen to show women that they don’t have to be stereotypes in technology to be successful.

Ideal Job:
My ideal job would be working as a privacy and regulatory information security consultant for big companies and governments.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
It’s okay to fail and you will fail often! It’s also okay to completely change your mind and your path however many times you need to.

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