Women in IT Security

Honorable mentions: Women making a mark

Maria Vello, chief executive of the Cyber Defence Alliance, speaking to SC Media in 2019.

As is so often said for such things, the competition was fierce.

And that could not be more true for the 2020 Women in IT Security honors. The collection of nominations received was among our strongest ever, both long and esteemed – making the task of choosing five for each of our four categories nearly impossible. Stretching across sectors and focus areas, the caliber of nominees demonstrates just how far women have come. It was as inspiring as it was agonizing for those of us forced to choose.

Given that, the editorial team decided to also recognize a select group of women who may not have been named as 2020 honorees, but should be credited for contributing enormously not only to diversity efforts but to the information security market at large.

  • Chelly Magda, Founder, Woman in Cyber
  • Nadean Tanner, Manager of Consulting for Education Services, FireEye
  • Anne Jobmann, Manager of Malware Reverse Engineering, IBM X-Force IRIS
  • Diana Volere, Identity Governance Strategist, SailPoint
  • Debra Danielson, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Digital Guardian
  • Brenda Ferraro, Vice President of Third-Party Risk, Prevalent
  • Stefanie Horvath, Chief Business Technology Officer, Minnesota Boards, Councils, and Commissions
  • Karen Sherman, Chief Information Security Officer, County of Maui, Hawaii, Information Technology Services Division
  • Maria Vello, Chief Executive, Cyber Defence Alliance
  • Chloé Messdaghi, Vice President of Strategy, Point3 Security
Jill Aitoro

Jill Aitoro leads editorial for SC Media, and content strategy for parent company CyberRisk Alliance. She 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy.

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