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Mischel Kwon

Founder and CEO

Mischel Kwon is the founder and CEO of W@tchTower. She brings a rare blend of hands-on experience, academic research, and training and a seasoned understanding of how to build security operations organizations from inception. Mischel has more than 35 years of broad IT and security experience, ranging from application design and development, to network architecture and deployment, to building and implementing security operations centers, as she did when she built the first Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) to monitor and defend the Department of Justice network against cyber threats while serving as the Deputy Director for IT Security Staff at the United States Department of Justice.

Prior to starting W@tchTower, Mischel served as Vice President of Public Sector Security for RSA Security, where she was responsible for leading RSA Security in assisting the public-sector security solutions, strategies, technologies and policy. Before RSA Security, Mischel served as the Director for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), where she spearheaded the organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities in federal networks, disseminating cyber threat warning information and coordinating national incident response activities.

Mischel holds a Bachelor and Master of Science, Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance. She currently sits on the board of the Western Governors University IT Council and previously served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she also ran the GW Cyber Defense Lab.