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And the winners are...Introducing the 2019 #cyberjutsuawards Winners

Monday, August 12, 2019  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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WSC Takes A Look Back at the 6th Annual #CyberjutsuAwards Celebrating #hiddenfigures leading change in #cybersecurity

Las Vegas, NV, August 13th, 2018 — Women and men from around the world came together to support and cheer on the amazing #cyberjutsuaward winners at the HyperX Arena in the fabulous Luxor Hotel and Casino August 8th.

Over 100 cybersecurity professionals, heard Lisa Jiggetts, Founder and President tell the amazing story of why she started Women's Society of Cyberjutsu and highlight the major accomplishments from the previous year. Juliet "Jules" Okafor, SVP of Sales with Habitu8 rocked the mic with her awesome story telling and passion for women in cybersecurity as she announced the nominees and winners. 

Afterwhich, Mari Galloway, CEO and Founding Board member, and Mansi Thakar, COO announced a number of internal award winners, sharing stories heart felt stories of why each person was deserving of the award. 

The complete list of winners is below:

  • Cyber Advocate: Fauzia Idrees Abro, Pakistan Air Force
  • Cyber Educator: Caroline Wong, Cobalt IO
  • Cyber Mentor: Keenen Skelly, Circadence
  • Cyber Rising Star: Tomiko Evans, The Goal
  • Pentest Ninja: Mary Sawyer, Palo Alto
  • Secure Coder: Vandana Verma, IBM
  • Volunteer of The Year: Nakia Grayson, WSC
  • Volunteer of The Year: Meg Layton, Symantec
  • Presidents Award: Mary Wang, Northrup Grumman
  • Chapter Leader of The Year: Liz Schoff, WSC Socal Chapter Lead
  • Special Volunteer Recognition: Dr. Crystal Williams, WSC 
  • Cyber Champion (New Category in 2020): Tyrone Wilson, Cover 6 Solutions

Thanks to sponsors, Palo Alto Networks, eCCouncil and INFOSEC, the evening was filled with fun, laughter, and celebration. It even played host to a cheering section adding even more fanfare to the amazing women being recognized in Vegas. The 6th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards was a special one as it marked the first time the event occurred in Las Vegas during a major conference week!

Photos will be available on the Cyberjutsu Flickr page. You might see yourself! Check out the program and presentation here.

We hope to see you at the 7th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards, August 2020! Stay tuned for details.

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