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WSC Takes a Look Back at the 5th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards

Thursday, September 27, 2018  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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WSC Takes A Look Back at the 5th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards

Celebrating women leading and excelling in Cybersecurity from around the world



Mari Galloway

ARLINGTON, VA, September 27, 2018 — Women and men from around the country walked the Red Carpet at the beautiful Tower Club in Tysons Corner Virginia to honor and celebrate over 40 exceptional women nominated to receive a cyberjutsu award at the 5th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards, August 17th.

Over 100 cybersecurity professionals, heard Mari Galloway, COO and Founding Board member of WSC tell the history of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu. While Renee Forney, Senior Director of Cyber Assurance at Capital One, and MC for the evening shared her story of growing up with a love for computers and the importance of organizations like WSC. After which Renee highlighted the amazing accomplishments of the awardees. Angela Rittenbach, President of CyberReach, served as the keynote speaker, giving her reasons for the importance of increasing the number of women in veterans in technology fields like cyber. 

The complete list of winners is below:

  • Cyber Advocate: Miranda Ritchie, IBM
  • Cyber Educator: Lauren Zink, Diebold Nixdorf
  • Cyber Mentor: Andrea Pohlman, Microsoft
  • Cyber Rising Star: Krysta Coble, DHS, USAF
  • Pentest Ninja: Brooklyn Bevans, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Secure Coder: Ningning Cheng, Palo Alto
  • Volunteer of The Year: Marcelle Lee, Fractal Security Group
  • Volunteer of The Year: Amy Twum-Barimah, Cyberjutsu Girls Academy
  • Presidents Award: Katie Nickels, MITRE
  • Special Volunteer Recognition: Mike Weiler, Cyber Patriots Lead

Palo Alto, eLearn Security, and EcCouncil were the evenings top sponsors. Additional sponsors included Tomahawx, PSI, KPMG, Verizon, ISACA, NVIDA, SANS, Cover6, and Hak5. Thanks to these awesome sponsors, we raised over $30,000 in prizes and funding to support programs for women and girls. WSC offers a broad array of funding opportunities for corporate sponsors and individual donors. Contact us for additional information. 

Check out the photos from the event. You might see yourself!

We hope to see you at the 6th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards next August!

About Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

Founded in 2012, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a 501(c)3 National non-profit Community, 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. For more information, visit