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Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity

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Cyber Defense Awards in conjunction with Cyber Defense Magazine is pleased to announce the Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity of 2019. We narrowed our list down to one hundred nominees and evaluations based on open source intelligence (OSINT) on these women including their LinkedIn profiles as well as numerous interviews.

Our Publisher has interviewed some of these winners in his hot seat program – where they had to answer difficult and challenging questions – completely unprepared and unscripted.  You can search at the TV site or follow those linked, below.

In addition, our search focused us on some of the top innovators, with boots on the ground, women in cybersecurity making a difference every day.  It, therefore, gives us great pleasure to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these deserving women in one of the most challenging and demanding fields of information technology and computing – that of cybersecurity.

Here are the winners:


Catherine A. Allen, Chairman and CEO at The Santa Fe Group

Jennifer Arcuri, CEO Hacker.House

Illena Armstrong, VP, Editorial, SC Media/Haymarket Media

Dr. Bhavani, Cyber Security Researcher & Educator, University of Texas @ Dallas

Anne Bonaparte, CEO at Appthority

Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer, Attivo Networks

Galina Datskovsky, CEO, VaporStream

Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO, CyberSN Drolet, CEO, Towerwall

Jane Frankland, CISO Advisor, Author, Keynote Speaker

Hong Jia, Co-founder, Chief Security Researcher, AppEsteem Corporation

Lisa Jiggetts MBA, CISSP, Founder & President, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, Founder, Sapien21, Senior Researcher, ESMT Berlin

Mischel Kwon, Founder and CEO, MKACyber

Dervla Mannion, Vice President Sales Operations at Trend Micro

Michelle Nguyen, Director of Enterprise Sales, Remediant

Meerah Rajavel, CIO, Forcepoint

Masha Sedova, Co-founder Elevate Security

Sigalit Shavit, CIO, CyberArk

Keenan Skelly, VP Global Partnerships & Security Evangelist at Circadence

Christine de Souza, Cyberspace Operations Strategist at SOSi

Kara Sprague, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Application Services at F5 Networks

Ellen Sundra, CISSP, Vice President of Americas, Systems Engineering at ForeScout Technologies Inc.

Debbie Umbach, Vice President of Marketing at BitSight Technologies

Nicola Whiting, CSO, Titania



Team CDM

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