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September 2017, Vol. 19, No. 7

From security product marketing to CEO: Jennifer Steffens

Marcus Ranum crossed paths with Jennifer Steffens at the start of her information security career. She worked for Network Flight Recorder, a company he founded in 1997 to commercialize an intrusion detection system. Since then, Steffens has moved from product companies to services. Today she is the CEO of IOActive Inc., a global consultancy that offers penetration testing and security assessment of both hardware and software. Ranum caught up with Steffens to find out more about her extraordinary journey from security product marketing to head of a global security provider. How did you get into technology? Jennifer Steffens: I didn't grow up super heavily into technology. I was more of an outdoorsy person, but I had computers and played some games. I studied psychology in school and got my career start in sports marketing, which was a ton of fun. I worked on professional soccer and for the New York Yankees and just loved it. But I was really curious about [what] was out there, so I took a job for a security startup in Reston, Va....

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