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WSC Announces the 2016 Cyberjutsu Awards Winners

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 Media Contact: Mari Galloway | 910-644-0183   



August 15, 2016


ARLINGTON, VA -- The 2016 Cyberjutsu Awards, captured the hearts and minds of cybersecurity professionals from around the country as the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) recognized exceptional women in and around cyber security.

Held at Arlington’s Rooftop Bar & Grill on August 15, 2016, the annual networking event attracted more than 100 cybersecurity professionals.  Edna Conway, CSO for Global Value Chain for Cisco, served as the keynote speaker, shared an uplifting speech about the importance of increasing the number of women in technology fields like cyber. Mari Galloway, WSC’s Director of Finance and Communications, hosted the evening’s program, highlighting the groundbreaking accomplishments of the awardees.  The complete list of winners is below:

  • Cyber Advocate - Jennifer Henley, Facebook
  • Cyber Mentor - Niloofar Razi Howe, RSA
  • Cyber Educator - Sondra Schneider, Security University
  • Cyber Rising Star - Lauren Mazzoli, Northrup Grumman
  • Pentest Ninja - Jessica Crosby, Sec1, Ltd
  • Volunteer of the Year - Linda Bell, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu
  • President's Award - Sophia Fadli, LookingGlass
  • Special Volunteer - Hamza Sirag, Northrup Grumman



CISCOPhiaBSIDES CharmSecurity UniversityeLearnSecurityISACA CSX and C-Suite Results sponsored this year’s Cyberjutsu Awards Night, which raised over $35,000 to support cybersecurity training programs for women and girls. WSC offers a broad array of funding opportunities for corporate sponsors and individual donors.  Contact WSC for further information. 

“Congratulations to our 2016 honorees, and thank you to our generous sponsors. WSC is privileged to recognize eight extraordinary women.  They are leading the way in cyber while mentoring other women to do the same," said Lisa Jiggetts, WSC's CEO and founder.  "They set the bar high when it comes to ingenuity, collaboration and professional advancement, and the entire cyber industry benefits from their leadership."


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Founded in 2012, The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity careers by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, training, mentoring, resource-sharing and other professional opportunities.


WSC serves thousands of women across the globe by bringing awareness to and advancing careers in cybersecurity.  The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field.  Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions, through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology.