Masha Sedova

IANS Faculty

    Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security, has made her mark in cybersecurity through her practical and human-centered approach to the field. Under her leadership, Elevate Security's innovative platform significantly reduced user-related risks for Enterprises. This led to its acquisition by Mimecast in 2024 where she now serves as VP of Human Risk Strategy. Honored by Fast Company in 2021 for her creativity in business, she previously honed her expertise at Salesforce, where she pioneered engaging security awareness initiatives through gamification, thereby redefining industry standards. A top rated speaker at Black Hat and RSA, she also supports tech inclusivity as a CompTIA Spark board member.
    • User risk
    • Security culture
    • Security behaviors
    • Insider threat
    • Creating healthy work environments (retention, DEI, mental health, good hiring practices, empathetic leadership)

    Achievements & Contributions

    • Fast Company- Most Creative People in Business
    • Top Women in Cloud Innovation, CloudNow 2019
    • GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner – SANS

    Hobbies & Fun Facts

    Learned to code from her Grandmother who has studied CS since 1952, Masha lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband and son. In her free time, she like to laser cut artwork, flower arrange, and play piano and harp.