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.

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