About Lesley

Lesley Carhart (GCIH, GREM, GCFA, GPEN, B.S. Network Technologies, DePaul University) is a 20+ year IT industry veteran, including 13 years in information security (specifically, digital forensics and incident response). She speaks and writes about digital forensics and incident response, Industrial Control System Security, OSINT, and information security careers. Lesley is heavily involved in the Chicagoland information security community, and is staff at Circle City Con, Indianapolis.

Lesley has received the ‘Solving for X’ award from Guidance / OpenText, and has been named a top woman in cybersecurity by CyberScoop News and Information Security Solutions Review.

In her free time, Lesley studies three martial arts, is a competitive pistol marksman, and is generally all around a huge geek.

Lesley loves to speak about information security and digital forensics to technical and non-technical audiences, and would be happy to come to your con or speak to your class (time allowing)! Please reach out to @hacks4pancakes on Twitter, or at hacks4pancakes [[at]] gmail. Inquiries are welcome in English, en français, or 한국어로.

You can view some of Lesley’s talks here:

Media Appearances and Bylines:

From Triton to Stuxnet: Preparing for OT Incident Response
Threatpost – Nov 12, 2020

Security professionals lose ‘central watering hole’ with demise of Peerlyst

Attempted cyberattack highlights vulnerability of global water infrastructure
CSO Online

Virtual security conferences fill void left by canceled face-to-face events
CSO Online

The Hidden Joys of Security Through Obscurity

Why “crashing the grid” doesn’t keep cyber experts awake at night
Axios – Aug 23, 2018

Career Opportunities Are Not Prevented by Inexperience
InfoSecurity Mag – 7 Aug 2018

New bill could let companies retaliate against hackers
CNNMoneyOct 19. 2017

Landing that infosec job: These experts share their best career advice
ZDNetAug 21, 2017

Beware of Security by Press Release
Krebs on SecurityAug 10, 2017

The day a mysterious cyber-attack crippled Ukraine

BBC News Jul 4, 2017

Why old tech is scarier than Hollywood AI
 Jun 30, 2017

Ukraine’s ransomware attack was a ruse to hide culprit’s identity, researchers say
Washington Post Jun 29, 2017

The global ransomware attack weaponized software updates
The Verge Jun 27, 2017

Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts
BBC News Jun 27, 2017

Was a nation-state behind ‘Petya’? Hack posed as ransomware for destruction not financial gain
International Business Times Jun 27, 2017

Why ransomware attacks keep happening
CNNMoney Jun 27, 2017

Vladimir Putin’s Russia: Will It Rock America’s Vote?
NewsweekOct 22, 2016

Microsoft’s Edge browser may be storing private browsing data
The VergeJan 27, 2016

Clinton email highlights frustrating reality of bypassed IT policies
CSO OnlineSep 8, 2016

Avoiding burnout: Ten tips for hackers working incident response
CSOApr 30, 2014

2 thoughts on “About Lesley

  1. Hi Lesley,
    I just wanted to leave you a note to thank you for your blog. I’ve been reading through some of your posts and have found a LOT of useful information here. I also enjoy following you on Twitter (I’m @SweetJMichael), both for the useful infosec-related information you share as well as your funny tweets. I just earned my cybersecurity degree a couple weeks ago, so I’m pretty hungry for good infosec information and news to help me find a job and to expand my knowledge of this field. You’re definitely one of the best sources of information I’ve come across, so just wanted to thank you for helping us newbies out, and for the hard work you do.


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