Honorable Mention 2018


Jan Buitron
Computer science doctoral candidate, April 2018, Colorado Technical University

Jan Buitron is a candidate for a Doctor's degree in Computer Science at Colorado Technical University. Previously she worked as a security resident consultant for SecureWorks and as part of the adjunct faculty in the MSIA program online at Regis University, an information systems security officer at an aerospace company, as a security engineering technical assistant at a security contracting company, and as a shift lead and senior specialist at the security operation center at IBM Global Services.

Joanna Hu
Senior data scientist at Exabeam

Joanna Hu is a senior data scientist at Exabeam and is responsible for conducting research on attackers, leading projects, designing various algorithms to detect users with multiple accounts, and detecting anomalies. Hu has also been outspoken about the treatment of women in the workplace not just in Silicon Valley but also in Asia and how her own status as an “outsider” overseas helped her earn the respect many women at the same companies were denied.

“Only in an environment fostering gender equality can women truly be treated equally,” Hu says. “Reward should be purely based on one's ability.”

Erin Nealy Cox
US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas 

Erin Nealy Cox is the United States Attorney General for the Northern District of Texas. Erin was sworn in position on November 17, 2017, and was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC). Prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney, Cox worked as a senior advisor at McKinsey & Co. in the cybersecurity and risk practice and served on the board of directors of Sally Beauty Holdings. Between 1999 and 2008, Cox was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted cybercriminals among others.

Lei Tao
Software developer at Bomgar

Lei Tao is a software developer at Bomgar where she joined a few months ago after her former employer Lieberman Software acquired by the firm. Tao holds a Bachelor's degree in public health and preventative medicine from Fudan University and a Master's degree in computer science from California State University - Long Beach.

Hanhan Wu
Data scientist for NuData Security

Hanhan Wu is a data scientist at NuData Security, a Mastercard Company, where she has developed proofs-of-concept to provide insights, suggestions, methods, and inspirations for long-term data science opportunities at her firm. Wu also conducts data analysis on cyberattacks and behavior analysis for large banks and e-commerce companies and other customers. She was also recognized as a finalist for a Future Stars of Tech award which looks to inspire, celebrate and empower the next generation of U.K. technology female leadership.

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