A Night of Celebration and Fun: The 2017 Cyberjutsu Awards
On August 11, 2017, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, along with more than 100 security professionals, convened at Convene, Tyson’s Corner in McLean, VA for the 4th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards – an event to recognize the women making waves in and around the cybersecurity industry.
As this year’s keynote speaker, Bobbie Stempfley – director of the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University – shared the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech.
Her message echoes especially true today, in times when we are constantly reminded of the consequences of having a staggering shortage of security talent in the workforce.
Driving the point home was Lisa Jiggetts – the WSC’s founder and CEO – sharing with everyone the story of why she embarked on her mission of helping women enter and succeed in cybersecurity.
Belles of the Ball
The night, however, belonged to these eight women who shone the brightest and left marks on this year’s security landscape.
- Cyber Advocate – Edna Conway, Cisco
- Cyber Mentor – Rinki Sethi, Palo Alto
- Cyber Educator – Susan Hansche, Department of Homeland Security
- Cyber Rising Star – Mihoko Matsubara, Palo Alto
- Pentest Ninja – Prajakta Jagdale, Palo Alto
- Secure Coder – Melissa Broussard, Capital One
- Volunteer of the Year – Veronica Mitchell, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
- President’s Award – Kandis Weiler, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
eLearnSecurity believes in the significance of advancing women’s careers in cybersecurity, and we’ve always been dedicated to supporting the WSC’s cause. This year, as a returning sponsor of the Cyberjutsu Awards, we raffled off two Penetration Testing Professional v4 training courses in the Elite Edition. The winners of these courses were Aditi Chaudhry of Capital One and Fiona Kramer of CACI International.
The 2017 Cyberjutsu Awards Fundraiser was once again an overwhelming success. The WSC was able to raise over $20,000 to support cybersecurity training for women and girls via the organization’s various study groups, training programs, and STEM workshops.
See more photos from the WSC awards night here.
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