K Rudolph


Chief Inspiration Officer, Security Awareness Storyteller


K Rudolph headshot.  CISSP, founder, and CIO of Native Intelligence.

K is the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Native Intelligence, Inc., a firm that provides award-winning, effective, and entertaining security awareness courses, programs, and materials. K is a requested speaker at security conferences and events throughout the US. In March 2006, the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association honored K as their Security Educator of the Year.


K believes that security concerns are best addressed by well-prepared  and security-savvy individuals. She enjoys being involved in security training, education, motivation, and awareness activities.  K is especially interested in the psychology of security awareness and influence as related to learning and behavior, storytelling, and security awareness metrics.

K is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Federal IT Security Professional (FITSI-M) with a degree from Johns Hopkins University.


Presentations and courses that K delivers are entertaining and effective because they are based on principles of learning (e.g., start with a bang; make the learning active and goal-based; tie new material to familiar material using examples and analogies; and make the learning story-based, memorable, and fun).

She has presented at events and conferences including recent presentations the Pentagon and the Social Security Administration in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has also presented for Johnson County Kansas, for the Computer Security Institute Security Exchange (CSI SX) Conference in Las Vegas, two New York Cyber Security Conferences, two Annual CSI Computer Security Conferences in Washington DC, and various Information Assurance and Security Conferences held by FISSEA, FIAC, and eGOV. She has been a speaker for Security Awareness Day events held by the Internal Revenue Service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Indian Health Service, and the Census Bureau. K also facilitated the Computer Security Institute's Security Awareness Peer Group from 2008-2009.

K is a volunteer with (ISC)²'s Safe and Secure Online program, which brings awareness presentations for 11-14 year-olds and for parents and teachers to local schools.

Her most requested presentations include:

Tales from the Cryptolocker - 13 security awareness stories.

One Accurate Measurement is Worth 1,000 Expert Opinions - a presentation about security awareness metrics (the title is based on the quote by Admiral Grace Hopper)

Secrets of Security Awareness - practical methods for improving security behaviors by communicating in ways that work with the brain, not against it.

Dreamcatchers, Code Talkers, and Storytellers - a presentation about Native American Information Security Techniques

Computer Security Handbook.
System Forensics.
Handbook of Information Security.


K is the primary author of the chapter on security awareness from the Computer Security Handbook, Vols. 4, 5, and 6 (2014).

K is also a named contributor to and participant in the work group that created NIST Special Publication 800-16, Information Technology Security Training Requirements: A Role-and Performance-Based Model.

She is also the author of the chapter on security awareness in the three-volume Handbook of Information Security published in 2009 and 2006.

Released September 24, 2010, co-authored with John R. Vacca: "Part of the new Jones & Bartlett Learning Information Systems Security & Assurance Series! Computer crimes call for forensics specialists, people who know how to find and follow the evidence. System Forensics, Investigation, and Response begins by examining the fundamentals of system forensics, such as what forensics is, the role of computer forensics specialists, computer forensic evidence, and application of forensic analysis skills. It also gives an overview of computer crimes, forensic methods, and laboratories. It then addresses the tools, techniques, and methods used to perform computer forensics and investigation. Finally, it explores emerging technologies as well as future directions of this interesting and cutting-edge field."

Released March 2011, the second edition of Computer Forensics Jumpstart, coauthored with Michael Solomon, Ed Tittel, Neil Broom, and Diane Barrett.

Also, in 2014 K was the Technical Editor for Fundamentals of Communications and Networking. In 2010, K was the Technical Editor for Michael Solomon's book, Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications.

Honors and Awards

In March 2006, K was honored by the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) as the Security Educator of the Year. Her entries in the annual FISSEA contests for best security awareness motivational item have won in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Also, in 2007, Native Intelligence's OnGuard newsletter won the best security awareness newsletter contest. K has also won awards for her photography.

Computer Forensics Jumpstart.
Fundamentals of Communications and Networking.
Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications.


K is interested in just about everything, including contact juggling, laser art, mind mapping, Tai Chi, Qigong, reading, aviation, and photography.

Several hundred thousand people worldwide have taken security awareness courses that K has developed. K's courses have been translated into several languages, including Japanese, German, Italian, and Spanish. K has developed awareness programs and materials that include program plans, surveys and analysis, general and role-based e-learning courses, newsletters, screen savers, posters, contests, security awareness motivational and reward items, and creation of security mascots, logos, and themes.

K's official title, as printed on her Native Intelligence, Inc. business card is: President, Chief Inspiration Officer, Cookie Baker, Lifeguard at Think Tank, Writer, Artist, Grand Pooh Bah Lord-High-Everything-Else, and Head Janitor.