Jennifer Steffens
Chief Executive Officer
IOActive

Why nominated: Jennifer Steffens has held the helm of IoActive for the last 11 years and during that period managed the firm while the company’s researchers made impressive vulnerability discoveries in satellite communication systems used on planes, robots, Segways, a Jeep and even healthcare equipment. She has also been a leader when it comes to diversifying the cybersecurity workforce creating IOActive’s “Women, Wisdom, & Wine” events which has conducted more than 50 gatherings in several international locations.

Profile: Under Steffens' leadership IoActive in August 2018 was able to disclose critical satellite communication (SATCOM) vulnerabilities. The disclosure enabled several of the world’s largest airlines to address a major flaw that could have been exploited to take control of SATCOM equipment on an in- flight aircraft from the ground. If the flaw had gotten into the wrong hands, malicious parties could have weaponized the equipment and caused harm to in- flight airline passengers and crew.

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