Rachel Babins

Rachel Babins currently works in incident response (cybersecurity) at a major Canadian telecommunications company, and previously held positions in threat intelligence. In 2021, she co-founded Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS), an organization focused on
resourcing, connecting, and unifying Canada’s next generation of security practitioners; ultimately working to build a more diverse,
skilled, and secure Canada.

In 2019, Rachel received her MA in Russian Studies, where she wrote her thesis on Russian ICS-tailored malware targeting criticalinfrastructure in Ukraine, the US and Canada. She also did a second thesis looking at Russian disinformation targeting NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission in the Baltics. In the past, Rachel worked at NATO’s Operational headquarters in the Netherlands and at the Canadian government’s Nuclear Energy Division, where she got to dig more deeply into security related issues. On the side, she is currently working as a deputy team lead for a cybersecurity-related project with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence which will launch in June 2022.

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