Authority Magazine: Wisdom From The Women Leading The Cybersecurity Industry, With Melissa Miller of NetSPI

On December 1, NetSPI Managing Security Consultant, Melissa Miller, was featured in the Authority Magazine article called Wisdom From The Women Leading The Cybersecurity Industry, With Melissa Miller of NetSPI. Read the preview below or view it online.


The cybersecurity industry has become so essential and exciting. What is coming around the corner? What are the concerns we should keep an eye out for? How does one succeed in the cybersecurity industry? As a part of this interview series called “Wisdom From The Women Leading The Cybersecurity Industry”, we had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa Miller.

As a Managing Security Consultant at NetSPI, Melissa oversees the performance of web application penetration tests by NetSPI’s security practitioners, and serves as an instructor for NetSPI University — a training program for entry-level cybersecurity professionals new to penetration testing. Melissa is also a leader on NetSPI’s DE&I committee, which includes representing the company in various public-facing speaking events, panels, and partnerships. She has her BSc in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota as well as OSCP and CEH certifications.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a bit about your backstory and how you grew up?

grew up in Excelsior, MN. My dad was an IT professional and a tech enthusiast so I would sometimes spend summers with him, even though grudgingly, running Windows updates on some of his clients’ machines, doing python programs, and even building out a python game together. That planted the seed of technology in my brain from a young age, but it wasn’t something that I ever wanted to do as a career because there was this stigma of being a “nerd” and being “un-cool” for IT professionals, which I found out later to be a shallow statement.

Is there a particular book, film, or podcast that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

It is hard to think of a particular one because I mostly tend to listen to fiction (fantasy/sci-fi) audiobooks. I purposefully consume non-tech-related media as a way to maintain a balance between work and life.

You can read the full article on Medium!

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