Mic Merritt is a cybersecurity strategist with over 22 years supporting global large-scale cybersecurity operations in defense of national critical infrastructure and key resources with the United States Air Force. She has provided leadership and direction in areas of network security, incident response, risk analysis and mitigation, information technology management, and enterprise architecture. Mic is dedicated to developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals with a keen focus on motivating and encouraging her fellow women to enter cybersecurity and other information technology professions.