Paola Garcia Cardenas

  • M.S. Candidate in Cybersecurity


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Paola Garcia Cardenas is currently a third-year M.S candidate in Cybersecurity at NYU. As part of the first cohort of NYU Cyber Fellows, class of 2021, Paola is amongst the 20% of women in STEM awarded the fellowship in 2018.

Paola's full-time job is as a Software Developer at Bixal Inc. She is also a NYU graduate teaching assistant for the Information Security & Privacy CS-GY 6813 class, and an adjunct faculty member in the St. Thomas Aquinas College School of Arts & Sciences.

Paola obtained a M.S in Computer Science from Pace University in New York in 2014. Her interests are focused on data integrity, application security, virtual private networks and containerization.

New York University - Tandon School of Engineering, 2021

Master of Science, Cybersecurity

Pace University, 2014

Master of Science, Computer Science

St. Thomas Aquinas College, 2012

Bachelor or Science, Computer Science - Management & Information Systems

Rockland Community College, 2010

Associate of Science, Computer Information Systems 

Bixal Inc. | Aug. 2019 - Present

Software Developer

New York University - Tandon School of Engineering | Sep 2019 - Present

Graduate Student Assistant

St. Thomas Aquinas College | Sep 2017 - Present

Adjunct Instructor, Computer Science

On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc (Qognify Inc.) | Aug 2017 - Aug 2019

Web Developer

Scientific Search | Oct 2016 - Aug 2017

Full Stack Web Developer (Contractor)

Datadog, Inc. | Jan 2016 - Aug 2016


Regional News Network | Dec 2014 - Jan 2016

Web & Social Interactive Developer


  • RSAC Security Scholar
  • Bridgewater Scholar
  • NYU Cyber Fellowship Recipient
  • CRA-W Graduate Cohort Scholarship Recipient
  • Silver Key Service Award Recipient - St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award in Student Excellence and All NY-Academic Team - SUNY Rockland
  • Hispanic Heritage Leadership Student Award - SUNY Rockland
  • NJCAA Division III Distinguished Academic All-American - SUNY Rockland
  • Scholar Athlete – Region XV Academic Team and Mid-Hudson Conference Academic Team NJCAA Division III - SUNY Rockland