Hey, I’m Alexandra “Alex” Ulsh! I’m an Information Security Engineer at Mapbox in Washington, D.C. I work on everything from running our bug bounty program on HackerOne to platform security on AWS to making sure everyone at Mapbox has a password manager and knows how to use it.
I love information security (especially web application security), the internet, computers, writing code, and automating everything. Outside of technology I love strength training (especially calisthenics and gymnastics), nutrition, music, dogs 🐶, coffee ☕, foreign languages, and board sports 🏂.
My mission is to demystify the complicated, scary, and overwhelming topics of information security and strength training for others - especially for women, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized communities - so that they feel empowered to secure and strengthen their information, accounts, devices, bodies, minds, and ultimately their lives.
While I love breaking things and finding vulnerabilities, I believe it’s even more important to build and maintain defensive solutions. I strive to understand the offense in order to build better defenses. I recognize that the largest and most common threats to security for society are abuse, password reuse, unpatched systems, and phishing as opposed to esoteric 0 day exploits.