Alissa Irei is a senior writer in the Networking and Security Media Group, contributing to SearchNetworking, SearchSecurity and SearchUnifiedCommunications. In previous roles at TechTarget, she was features and e-zine editor for Network Evolution and site editor of SearchSDN. Alissa graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a master's degree in journalism, going on to work as a videographer, producer, video editor and on-air journalist for ABC and NBC news outlets in Montana and South Carolina. She later served as a lead editor at a Boston-based content marketing firm and as the editorial and creative services director at a small liberal arts college. Her work as a multimedia reporter has also appeared in the Phoenix New Times, AOL's Politics Daily and the Military Times.