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Blueprint Podcast


Understanding and Applying Threat Intelligence

Katie Nickels talks about what threat intelligence is, where to get it, what you should expect from it, and how the SOC should be using it.


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Featured Guest Bio:

Katie is the Principal Intelligence Analyst for Red Canary. She has worked on cyber threat intelligence (CTI), network defense, and incident response for nearly a decade for the DoD, MITRE, Raytheon, and ManTech.

Katie also serves as an instructor for the SANS FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence course, enabling her to share her passion for CTI more broadly. "Early on in my own career, I took SANS SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp with Dr. Eric Cole, and learning from his insights helped shape the entire course of my career," Katie says. Now as a SANS instructor, she hopes to provide the same career-shaping support for her students.

Qualifications Summary

  • Instructor for SANS FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • 10-year veteran of CTI, network defense, and incident response
  • Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Program Manager
  • 2019 SANS CTI Summit Advisory Board member
  • 2018 recipient of the President's Award from the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu
  • Master's degree from Georgetown University's Service Security Studies Program

Get to Know Katie Nickels

Follow Katie Nickels on Twitter (@likethecoins) and LinkedIn (/in/katie-nickels-631a044).