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Q&A: IBM's Diana Kelley got an early start in IT, security came later
This article is part of the Information Security issue of March 2017, Vol. 19, No. 2
The internet revolution hit close to home for Diana Kelley, who caught the technology bug and could never quite shake it. Marcus Ranum sat down with Diana Kelley, global executive security advisor for IBM Security, to talk about the path that lead to her success. In addition to IBM, she has advised Bank of America, Intel, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, many other tech companies and the U.S. government. How did you wind up in security? What were you like as a kid? Diana Kelley: [laughs] I was actually a typical nerdy -- but book nerdy -- kid. I had a big penchant for Gilbert and Sullivan plays and learned many of them by heart. One day, my dad came home with a Texas Instruments programmable calculator. I was about 9 years old -- it was early 1970s at this point -- and I absolutely fell in love with it. You could program this thing to do stuff. I made it calculate out Hello. Later, when my dad decided he was going to build his own Heathkit computer, I was the kid that got really, really excited about this whole 'computer' thing and ...
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