Keya Horiuchi - From Teacher, Filmmaker, and Website Design to Security Engineer!

Listen to the full episode here:

Keya was a public school teacher who stood out of crowd. She loves problem solving and challenging environments. Keya was also a filmmaker and web designer. She's currently a detection security engineer who get knee deep in malware on a daily basis.


• New she didn't want to be a teacher her whole life

• Was the only one in the rational thinking group at her school.

• Enjoys rational thinking and the problem solving process.

• Prototyped a mock medical device with a Raspberry Pi and won a national competition!


• "Easy to get in to what you're comfortable with... and I didn't want to have a job like that."

• "It was something that I enjoyed but I definitely feel more at home with the cohort that I work with currently and with what I do."

• "... for me it was an amazing process because I hadn't ever SSH’d into a device and I had to figure out how to get like ports scan."

• "I read so much documentation on all the little things that we connected to it. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos I looked at a lot of GitHub accounts trying to figure out like I've got to make this move." [14:24]

• "It was incredibly challenging. A lot of times I was trying to figure out... where sometimes the information that you get from the client is essentially just a hint of what's going on in the network." [17:07]

• " You just have to be creative and keep going at it until you can do what needs to be done." [18:08]

• "Yeah. It's amazing, and especially coming from public school teaching where I had seen almost physical fights altercations happen over like reams of paper because there's just not that much allocated towards schools to where snacks are brought in. Like it's a very different environment…" [21:22]

• "You did great on the test, but I want to watch you take the test." [23:06]


• Keya Online

• Edx:

• NSF Project:

Getting Into Infosec:

• Website, Show Notes, Transcripts:

• Follow Me on Twitter:

• Subscribe To YouTube:

• Checkout My Book: