Kohnke is an assistant professor of Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University. After a 25-year career in IT, she transitioned from a vice president of IT and chief information security officer position into full-time academia in 2011. Kohnke brings her industry experiences into the classroom and designs experiential learning assignments for students around real-world work scenarios to help build conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
Her research is focused in the area of cybersecurity, risk management, threat modeling, ethical hacking and mitigating attack vectors. Kohnke has co-authored four books in this field of study: Cybersecurity: A Guide to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework 2.0; The Complete Guide to Cybersecurity Risks and Control; Implementing Cybersecurity: A Guide to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework; and Supply Chain Risk Management: Applying Secure Acquisition Principles to Ensure a Trusted Technology Product all published by CRC Press. She received her PhD from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.