Harder
Cloud Solutions Architect Technical Strategist for VMWare
2022 Speaker

As an experienced cyber-security leader, Laura Harder has worked across multiple commercial and government agencies in both large and small firms. Laura’s career has spanned 21 years of military service in both the Army and the Air Force Reserves and over 18 years of private sector experience. She supports multiple agencies and roles including leading the Northern Colorado ISSA chapter.

With a passion for cyber security, Laura has focused her military and civilian career around protecting critical information systems. Currently she managing Strategies and Capabilities for the Equinix Cyber Threat Intelligence group, the Equinix Threat Analysis Center (ETAC). Previously, she has served as the Director of Cyber for Xela, LLC, and Director of Industrial Control Systems for Securicon LLC. As a reservists, she is currently serving as a 17S Cyberwarfare officer as the Enterprise Services Flight Commander for the 53rd Network Operations Squadron. She and her team support the the Air Force Information Network for over 950,000 users worldwide.

She has provided insight and experience from multiple roles in information security and cybersecurity projects for government agencies, private sector, and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) environments. Laura’s experience includes leading teams through the RMF process for Assessments and Authorizations (A&A), penetration testing, social engineering, phishing exercises, security assessments (software, hardware, application and mobile) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) assessments.

She holds multiple certifications in Information Technology certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, CompTIA Security +, Scrum Agile Product Owner and Scrum Master Certification, and Microsoft certifications.