Vanessa Aranda

Vanessa is a security analyst, bridging the gap between the red and blue teams. In her role, she hunts for vulnerabilities and threats being exploited in the wild along with managing the phishing program for all Gap brands. She is the lead for intelligence sharing across a network of retailers and helps strengthen her company’s security posture by performing pentests, ensuring the protection of PII for both customers and employees worldwide. Vanessa is an alum of the Year Up Bay Area program, before that she studied biochemistry at Fresno State. Her hobbies include mentoring at devmission and Year Up, volunteering at San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative workshops, is an active member of the Bay Area’s diversity and inclusion movement, and loves Star Trek.