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WSC Announces the 2017 Cyberjutsu Award Winners

Thursday, August 17, 2017  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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WSC Announces the 2016 Cyberjutsu Awards Winners

Media Contact: Mari Galloway | 910-644-0183   



August 17, 2017


ARLINGTON, VA -- The 4th Annual 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 Convene Meeting space in Tysons Corner on August 11, 2017, the annual networking event attracted more than 100 cybersecurity professionals.  Bobbie Stemfley, Director of CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University served as the keynote speaker, shared an uplifting speech about the importance of increasing the number of women in technology fields like cyber and the Cybersecurity Diversity Foundation. Lisa Jiggetts, Founder and CEO gave her reasons for starting WSC, while Elena Steinke, a WSC Director hosted the evening’s program, highlighting the amazing accomplishments of the awardees.  This year’s awards introduced a new category, Secure Coder. 

The complete list of winners is below:

  • 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, Captial One
  • Volunteer of the Year – Veronica Mitchell, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
  • President's Award – Kandis Weiler, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

MKA Cyber, Verizon, eLearn Security, Cover 6 Solutions, VKNOWIT, and Hak5 sponsored this year’s Cyberjutsu Awards Night, which raised over $20,000 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 2017 winners, 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."

Click here for event photos !





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.