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Jeff Williams – Contrast Security

Why Nominated: During his more than 25 years in the industry, Williams’ focus has been on software security. As a result, he’s founded the well-known, not-for-profit Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), along with two cybersecurity companies, Aspect Security in 2002 and Contrast Security in 2010 with partner Arshan Dabirsiaghi. In addition to these accomplishments,…

Emmanuel Benzaquen – Checkmarx

Why Nominated: Checkmarx CEO Emmanuel Benzaquen led his company through another record fiscal year last year, with more than 60 percent year-over-year revenue growth – fueled by the addition of 400 new large-enterprise customers. Over the past year, he oversaw the launch of a new software exposure platform, an increase in head count, channel expansion and…

Brad Wiskirchen – Kount

Why Nominated: Bradley J. Wiskirchen has established himself as a leader in protecting digital innovation, including protecting against digital fraud, leading the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) High- Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology on data ownership, use, access and protection. Profile:  Wiskirchen co-founded Kount after seeing eCommerce merchants struggle with fraud, with some eventually going…

Jennifer Steffens – 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…

Kevin von Keyserling – Keyfactor

Why Nominated: Since founding his company in 2004, Kevin von Keyserling has transformed Keyfactor (formerly Certified Security Solutions) from a security consultancy to a digital identity management solutions provider that manages more than 500 million digital certificates for companies around the world. Over the last year, he closed the Cleveland, Ohio-area company’s largest funding round to…

Lorelei Chernyshov – Merrick Bank

Why Nominated Driven by impending changes wrought by new regulations such as GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Lorelei Chernyshov has focused on leading the integration of information assets with cybersecurity practices to better manage sensitive data location, accessibility and storage at Merrick Bank. Profile: Observing a cultural mind shift within organizations away…

Lisa Plaggemier – Infosec

Why nominated: Lisa Plaggemier entered the cybersecurity community after holding marketing roles at the likes of Ford Motor Company. Having started this path with CDK Global where she was the director of security culture, risk and client advocacy, she found that leveraging her years of global marketing and advertising effectively enabled her to convince employees,…

Ryan Kalember – Proofpoint

Why Nominated: Having started his career as a cybersecurity practitioner gaining experience in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, Kalember has first-hand global knowledge of what practitioners deal with day-in and day-out in terms of compliance, threat and other challenges. Now, in referencing some 20 years of experience that engages both…

Steve Grobman – McAfee

Why Nominated:  With over 20 years of experience, Grobman has held numerous technical and cybersecurity leadership positions over the years. In these various roles – from his time as an Intel Fellow to his current position setting the technical and strategic directions for McAfee’s next-generation cyberdefense and data science technologies, threat and vulnerability research, and…

Greg Lesnewich – Recorded Future

Why Nominated: With a focus on state-sponsored espionage campaigns and Middle Eastern- borne cyber threats, as a Threat Intelligence Analyst at Recorded Future, Greg Lesnewich provides detailed threat actor and malware profiles to some of the world’s most influential organizations. Profile:  An expert in threat actor infrastructure, Lesnewich has more recently trained his focus on…

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