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Megan Kaczanowski

Threat Intelligence Analyst, S&P Global

At S&P Global, we do everything we can to encourage and facilitate progression for our people. In this interview with Megan Kazcanowski, we learn about her journey from Ratings analysis to information security. Megan also provides some important career advice for anyone looking to make a similar transition.

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When did you become interested in information security?
I've loved security since before I knew it was a career. I studied Economics and Political Science, and decided to pursue a career in Finance. When I finished school, I joined S&P Global Ratings as a Rating Analyst. While I liked the work I was doing and I liked my team, I didn't have a long-term passion for credit analysis. I was spending a lot of my time outside of the office reading hacker news stories and playing around with computer systems on my home network.

How did you initiate your transition into Threat Intelligence?
I met S&P Global's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Laura Deaner at a women's networking event for our WINS Employee Resource Group. I had plenty of questions for Laura, and afterwards I followed up saying that I would be interested in pursuing an Information Security career. Laura introduced me to members of her team, who interviewed me. After some continued conversations, they hired me as a Threat Intelligence analyst.

My manager at S&P Global Ratings was extremely supportive of this change. Laura Deaner and Aaron Katz (who hired me) were phenomenal. They encouraged me to apply even without a traditional computer science or technical background, and gave me the freedom to make the role my own. I get to remain in a great culture at S&P Global and continue to drive market excellence.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking and anything outside. I'm also PADI certified scuba diver.

Do you have any tips for people looking carve a similar path to yours?
Don't be afraid to reach out and network and ask questions - no one's going to blame you for not knowing the answers, but being unafraid to ask questions is extremely important. If you're interested in a position, reach out and ask what they're looking for, ask about the team, what qualities you need to succeed, and more.