Michele Guel has been an avid speaker, influencer and evangelist in the cybersecurity industry for 31 years. She joined Cisco in March 1996 as the founding member of Cisco’s internal security team. During her 23+ years at Cisco, she has worked in all facets of cybersecurity and has the established many operational security excellence “firsts” at Cisco. In 2010, Guel was promoted to Distinguished Engineer, one of eight female DEs across Cisco today. In 2014 she was named one of SANS “People Who Make a Difference in Cybersecurity” and in 2016 she received the prestigious Anita Borg’s 2016 Women of Vision Technology Leadership Award. Her current focus areas include IoT security strategy, data protection and privacy strategies and impact of emerging technologies on operational security.