Meet Window Snyder, Cybersecurity Extraordinaire

TechCrunch profiled Window Snyder, coauthor of Threat Modeling and founder and CEO of Thistle Technologies that aims to ‘secure the diverse and disparate world of internet-connected devices that are starting to be ubiquitous inside our homes, as well as inside critical infrastructure networks — often referred to as the “Internet of Things,” or IoT.’:

“My question was: what’s keeping my data separate from everyone else’s? What’s keeping my process separate from the kernel?” Snyder recalled asking herself, referring to the core part of the computer, which controls almost all the other processes running on the machine.

This led to her obsession with studying and taking apart DEC computers — so much so that she later named her cat Digital Equipment Corporation, who passed away in 2016 after living an impressive 20 years.

“I was just inhaling as much information about the operating system as I could, taking operating systems classes and learning about these things, and then building tools to try and circumvent these security mechanisms,” Snyder says.

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