Expert Spotlights

Meet Managed Detection & Response Operations Leader, Nina Lowe

July 27, 2023

Managed Detection & Response Operations leader, Nina Lowe, joins us in the DeepSeas series called, “Meet our Deeps.” Let’s dive in to learn more about Nina’s work and career.

Hi, Nina. Can you share a bit about your role as a Managed Detection & Response Operations Leader at DeepSeas and what drew to the cyber defense industry?

I’m currently the operations lead for a wonderfully talented Managed Detection & Response (MDR) team. As part of this role, I remove barriers, build bridges, and connect dots to support the success of our SOC analysts. I ensure accountability for the execution of the best possible services to our clients.

Going into the STEM field and serving in a Managed Detection & Response Operations leader role was a strategic step toward my vision of my future career. I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference, and this industry provides that perfect outlet.

How does your background and cybersecurity expertise enhance the ability of DeepSeas to protect our clients?

After graduating with a B.S. in Computer Information Technology from Northern Kentucky University, I started my career at Booz Allen Hamilton as a SOC analyst. I later transitioned into roles as an IR analyst and Lead MDR analyst, which led to my current role as MDR Operations Lead.

I’m proficient in the detection and response of diverse indicator alert types, such as network, SIEM, phishing, and five major EDR platforms. Moreover, I am creative, curious, and unrelenting by nature, which gives me an edge in guiding teams successfully through vast uncharted waters. Our crews at DeepSeas secure every flavor of organization: from global giants creating life-saving medicines, to teachers and students in small public school systems.

Can you share some challenges you have faced as you built your life and career?

I have a neurodivergent brain which was misunderstood until age 26. The consequent daily
challenges I face across every aspect of my life serve as continual opportunities to adapt and
compensate in novel ways and are the source of my greatest strength.

Why do you think personal well-being may be especially important in the cybersecurity industry? 

In the cybersecurity industry, poor health and well-being leads to greater risk of committing
high-impact mistakes. My advice to anyone entering the cybersecurity field is to be curious, ask
questions, and TAKE LUNCH BREAKS.

Do you believe cybersecurity leaders should be motivated by fear or peace of mind, and why?

Peace of mind. Fear is reactive, while peace of mind is proactive.

What single piece of advice would you share with a CISO to improve her/his organization’s cyber defense posture?

Listen to those around you at all levels of the organization.

We’re fortunate to have Nina as a MDR Operations Lead at DeepSeas and thank her for sharing a bit about herself and her areas of expertise. Come back to meet more of our DeepSeas cybersecurity experts in future issues of our “Meet Our Deeps” series.