Mary Kate Schmermund

Employer Brand Content Specialist

Cisco Secure

Mary Kate Schmermund is an employer brand content coordinator at Cisco Secure who works on Duo Security content. She loves telling stories and building community. At Cisco Secure, she writes about what makes Cisco Secure and Duo Security unique and how our employees thrive at work and beyond. Mary Kate earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Smith College and served with AmeriCorps NCCC. Before joining Cisco Secure, she worked in the creative, nonprofit and higher education sectors. Mary Kate finished her first novel in 2021. marykateschmermund.com Mary Kate on Instagram


December 5, 2022


Rolling Up Our Sleeves: Employee Volunteers Empowered to Give Back

Using paid time to volunteer, Cisco employees contribute to organizations locally and globally from building homes to caring for animals.

November 2, 2022


Employee Volunteers Enrich Communities From the Farm to the Theatre and Beyond

Employees use paid time to volunteer in their communities from harvesting at the farm to championing local arts to providing support at a resource fair.

July 22, 2022


A Unique Cybersecurity Career Path: From Journalism to Cisco

A Cisco leader shares her strategies for crafting a cybersecurity career path and managing through creative problem solving, direct feedback and self-awareness.

June 28, 2022


Cisco Talos Supports Ukraine Through Empathy

Cisco Talos leaders working in Ukraine share how encouraging empathy and self-care supports employees working and living in the region.

June 10, 2022


What & Who You Know: How to get a job in cybersecurity with no experience

Want a job in cybersecurity with no experience? Learn the top 10 tips from leaders at Cisco Secure and Duo Security on leveraging your skills and network.