K is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP-M) with a degree from Johns Hopkins University.
K believes that security concerns are best addressed by well-prepared and security-savvy individuals. She enjoys being involved in security training, education, motivation, and awareness activities. K's interests include the psychology of security awareness and influence as related to learning and behavior, storytelling, and security awareness metrics.
K is the primary author of the chapter on security awareness from the Computer Security Handbook, Vols. 4 and 5 and 6 (2014).
K is also a named contributor to and participant in the work group that created NIST Special Publication 800-16, Information Technology Security Training Requirements: A Role-and Performance-Based Model.
She is also the author of the chapter on security awareness in the three-volume Handbook of Information Security published in 2009 and 2006.
Released September 24, 2010, co-authored with John R. Vacca:
"PART OF THE NEW JONES & BARTLETT LEARNING INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY & ASSURANCE SERIES! Computer crimes call for forensics specialists, people who know how to find and follow the evidence. System Forensics, Investigation, and Response begins by examining the fundamentals of system forensics, such as what forensics is, the role of computer forensics specialists, computer forensic evidence, and application of forensic analysis skills. It also gives an overview of computer crimes, forensic methods, and laboratories. It then addresses the tools, techniques, and methods used to perform computer forensics and investigation. Finally, it explores emerging technologies as well as future directions of this interesting and cutting-edge field."
Released March 2011, the second edition of Computer Forensics Jumpstart, coauthored with Michael Solomon, Ed Tittel, Neil Broom, and Diane Barrett.
Also, in 2014 K was the Technical Editor for Fundamentals of Communications and Networking.
In 2010, K was the Technical Editor for Michael Solomon's book, Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications.
Presentations and courses that K delivers are entertaining and effective because they are based on principles of learning (e.g., start with a bang; make the learning active and goal-based; tie new material to familiar material using examples and analogies; and make the learning story-based, memorable, and fun).
K has presented at conferences that include the Pentagon, the Computer Security Institute Security Exchange (CSI SX) Conference, the New York Cyber Security Conference, two Annual CSI Computer Security Conferences, and Information Assurance and Security Conferences held by FISSEA, FIAC, and eGOV. She has been a speaker for Security Awareness Day events held by the IRS, NRC, NOAA, DLA, IHS, Johnson County Kansas, and the Census Bureau.
In July 2014, K presented on security awareness and personal safety at the Social Security Administration in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
K is a volunteer with (ISC)²'s Safe and Secure Online program, which brings awareness presentations for parents, teachers, and kids to local schools.
In March 2006, K was honored by the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) as the Security Educator of the Year. Her entries in the annual FISSEA contests for best security awareness motivational item have won in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Also, in 2007, Native Intelligence's OnGuard newsletter won the best security awareness newsletter contest. K has also won awards for her (amateur) photography.
K is interested in just about everything, including contact juggling, neuropsychology, mind mapping, core work, and photography.