Katy leads the Global Information Security (GIS) Program Management Office for Marriott.
She is responsible for the effectiveness and delivery of information security demand management, program management, project management, incident command, metrics and program reporting, services, communications and awareness.
She has over 19 years of IT experience in roles spanning from solution delivery to program management. She led many key technology programs including the technical brand launches, loyalty program changes, merger and acquisitions, and many other high visibility and high risk projects.
Katy has M.S. in Information Systems and E-Commerce from DePaul University. Katy is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has numerous Agile certifications including coaching and facilitation.
Get to know Katy Sequeira
What is the most exciting thing about being on the NCA Board of Directors?
This is a great team. The work that NCA is doing is critical in today’s digital world. The NCA gives people the education they need for their business and personal lives. It transforms the over complex and scary cyber world into concrete steps that people can take to protect their data and their business processes. This is so foundational to navigate today’s world.
How do Marriott’s cybersecurity interests align with our mission?
Marriott operates in a global and digital environment. Security is an important aspect of a great travel experience as well as a work environment. We work with groups across the world. Empowering our associates, partners, vendors and properties enables us to deliver great travel experiences.
What has a career in the hospitality industry taught you about cybersecurity?
Hospitality and tourism flourish in the digital environment allowing us to reach global destinations in a heartbeat. We take care of our associates and guests. Cybersecurity is about protecting our guests and associates through their data and online persona. This takes a village.
Why is it so important to build partnerships in order to foster a greater “digital” good?
Everything is interconnected these days and unfortunately, we cannot do this alone. Good cybersecurity relies on everyone in the supply chain (and even those not directly a part of the supply chain) to be good citizens. Without a good foundation in cybersecurity in all areas, it will be harder for businesses to operate and people to navigate the digital world.
How would you describe a successful day at work?
I love the days where I see the impact of the changes we make in an environment. Even the small successes, such as hearing that someone reported (rather than clicked) a phish, as it was similar to a campaign we ran. When I see behaviors starting to change, I know we are making an impact.
What do you like most about being a part of the cybersecurity community?
This community is wonderful. Everyone is collaborative and we are all interested in how to protect and educate users. I have been impressed by everyone’s backgrounds and the experiences that they bring to communities.