MegatronAL on Kicking in the Door to Cybersecurity – Angela Marafino – ESW #250

I once told my college advisor that I wanted to double major in computer science and jazz performance. She laughed at me. Instead, I jumped into a career in IT and played jazz – without a degree in either. Turns out, that was fine – the industry valued experience and results over academic achievement.

Today’s guest has two degrees, one in fine arts, one in pre-law, and that’s also fine. If there’s anything I’ve learned in InfoSec, it’s the mind that matters most, less so the degrees or certs on your wall. Angela Marafino gets cybersecurity and understands what makes it tick. Using this knowledge, she has built a personal brand, network, and career in an impressively short time. She is simultaneously mentor and mentee.

Today, we’ll explore Angela’s path into the industry as well as some of her views on challenges, like imposter syndrome. Visit for all the latest episodes!

Full Episode Show Notes

MegatronAL on Kicking in the Door to Cybersecurity


Angela Marafino

Angela Marafino – PM at Microsoft

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Angela Marafino is a Program Manager within the Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management organization of Experiences & Devices at Microsoft. Currently a co-host of the Focal Point podcast on the ITSP Magazine podcast channel, moderator of The Hacker Book Club, a proud mentor, a humble mentee, she stays quite busy while also balancing work with play as a dog & cat mom, world traveler, avid reader, and foodie!


Adrian Sanabria

Adrian Sanabria – Senior Research Engineer at CyberRisk Alliance


Adrian is an outspoken researcher that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. He loves to write about the security industry, tell stories, and still sees the glass as half full.

Katie Teitler

Katie Teitler – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Axonius


Katie Teitler is a cybersecurity content creator. In her current role with Axonius, she is part of the product marketing team, helping audiences understand the value proposition of cyber asset management as it pertains to risk reduction. In past roles, Katie was an industry analyst, research director, content marketer, and freelance author, and managed content and speakers for InfoSec World, now a flagship offering of the Cyber Risk Alliance.

Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields – CMO at JupiterOne


Tyler advises, guides, and operates high tech startups primarily in the B2B security space. He is a former market analyst, engineer, product manager, marketing leader, and partnership manager. In other words, Tyler builds and grows businesses – in all aspects. He’s a board advisor, angel investor, and board member at multiple firms and an investment advisor for a venture debt business. He loves to play guitar and poker in his free time.


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