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WSC Announces 6th Annual #Cyberjutsuawards Nominees

Thursday, May 23, 2019  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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Contact: Mari Galloway                                              Email: events@womenscyberjutsu.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards: Celebrating #hiddenfigures Leading Change in Cyber Nominees Announced

ARLINGTON, VA – May 2019 – Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu is pleased to announce the nominees for the 6th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards an event to celebrate women leading change in cyber. The Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, August 8th, from 6 to 8 pm at the beautiful Hyperx eSports arena at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

 All nominees and award winners will be honored for their service and contributions within the community in the following categories: Cyber Advocate, Cyber Educator, Cyber Mentor, Cyber Rising Star, Pentest Ninja, and Secure Coder. Additional award categories include the Presidents Award and the Volunteer-of-the-Year Award selected by the WSC Leadership team. The top 3 nominees from each category will be selected and posted on the Awards website!

 “For 6 years, we have been the leaders in recognizing women in and around cyber that are leaders and role models” said WSC CEO, Mari Galloway. “Seeing the continued support of diversity in cyber has been nothing short of amazing and all those nominated are highly deserving of such a prestigious award.”

 WSC invites the community to attend this extraordinary event, August 8th immediately following the Wicked6 Cyber Games and celebrate the accomplishments of some amazing women.  Various sponsorship opportunities are available for this event as well. For complete details and to register for the event, please visit the Awards web page

 Date and time: Thursday, August 8th, 6 – 8 PM
Location: HyperX eSports Arena, Luxor Hotel and Casino Resort, Las Vegas BLVD

And the 2019 Nominees are…

Cyber Advocate

Annie Howard, PNC Bank
Camille Stewart, Google
Caroline  Wong, Cobalt.io
Deidre Diamond, CyberSN
Fauzia Idrees Abro, Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
Florence Hudson, NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University
Katia Dean, Katia's Cyberlife
Laura Bate, New America
Lori Cole, BB&T
Marcela Denniston, ShieldX Networks
Marcelle Lee, White Ops
Marci McCarthy, T.E.N.
Margaret (Meg) Layton, Symantec
Marilu Duque, New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
Mary Wang, Northrop Grumman
Merissa Villalobos, NCC Group
Michelle Duquette, Battelle
Natasja Allen, US European Command
Renee Small, CyberHC
Susan Peediyakkal, Booze Allen Hamilton
Taylor Rodriguez Vance, Center for Women & Minorities in the Cyber Workforce, Cyber Institute
Vandana Verma, IBM
Wailohia Woolsey, Palo Alto Networks

Cyber Educator

Caroline  Wong, Cobalt.io
Elena Steinke, WSC
Lori Cole, BB&T
Dr. Loyce Pailen, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
Mehak Khurana, The NorthCap University
Muoi Landivar, InfoSec
Siobhan  MacDermott, Bank of America
Tanya Janca, Microsoft
Vandana Verma, IBM
Yenny Yi, High School Cyber Patriots Coach (Socal)

Cyber Mentor

Annie Howard, PNC Bank
Caroline  Wong, Cobalt.io
Dr. Crystal Williams, Arma
Cynthia Cox, Palo Alto Networks
Edna Stephensen, United Power
Emily Cole, Agari
Fauzia Idrees Abro, Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
Katia Dean, Katia's Cyberlife
Keenan  Skelly, Circadence Corporation 
Lonye Ford, Arlo Solutions
Mari Galloway, WSC
Marcelle Lee, White Ops
Mary Wang, Northrop Grumman
Merissa Villalobos, NCC Group
Michelle Duquette, Battelle
Miranda Ritchie, IBM
Natasja Allen, US European Command
Susan Peediyakkal, Booze Allen Hamilton
Vandana Verma, IBM

Cyber Rising Star

Cherise Esparza, SecurityGate
Fauzia Idrees Abro, Pakistan Air Force (PAF)
Helen Faseyosan, Fidelity Bank Plc
Joanna Hu, Exabeam
Katelyn Bowden, BADASS - Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing
Katia Dean, Katia's Cyberlife
Laura Bate, New America
Lonye Ford, Arlo Solutions
Marilu Duque, New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
Sanchari  Das, Indiana University
Siobhan  MacDermott, Bank of America
Tomiko Evans, Aerial Footprint, LLC
Vandana Verma, IBM
Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Palo Alto Networks

Pentest Ninja

Mary Sawyer, Palo Alto Networks
Mari Galloway, WSC
Vandana Verma, IBM

Secure Coder

Tanya Janca, Microsoft
Vandana Verma, IBM

Thank you to our internal list of judges for participating in the 6th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards: Celebrating #hiddenfigures in Cyber.

 

 ABOUT WOMEN’S SOCIETY OF CYBERJUTSU

Founded in 2012, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based 501(c)3 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. For more information, visit http://www.womenscyberjutsu.org.