Annual Cyberjutsu Awards Nominations
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About the Awards

WSC supports our members in achieving their goals and advancing their careers by celebrating each others accomplishments and acknowledging the ideas and contributions of the women and men around us. These awards were created to raise awareness and showcase the outstanding work being done by women in the cybersecurity industry.

After recognizing so many men for their support to WSC and the cyber industry as a whole, we introduce the Cyber Champion Award.

Both WSC members and non-members may enter the awards nomination.

Blind judging will take place by a panel of judges in and around cybersecurity.

The deadline for submissions is
April 30th, 2020.

The top 3 nominees for each category will be announced in May 2020.

Winners will be presented during the Annual Cyberjutsu Awards Ceremony in August 2020.

The Categories

Cyber Advocate

She has promoted innovative programs or projects to support and promote workforce development and employment in partnership with schools, industries, companies, and other outreach organizations.

Cyber Educator

She has made use of technology, in a creative and innovative way, in the classroom or other learning environments. Should demonstrate how they motivated, rewarded, and/or challenged students to achieve through the application of tech.

Cyber Mentor

She has demonstrated excellence in mentoring (formally or informally), has been outstanding in supporting, encouraging, and promoting your educational, professional and personal development.

Cyber Rising Star

Newbies excited about growth associated with the cybersecurity field. Demonstrated excellence in her professional position as well as contribution to the industry and society in positive ways. She should demonstrate outstanding success and leadership in one or more of the following areas: entrepreneurship, education, volunteering, industry development and advocacy, and/or community service.

Pentest Ninja

She has excelled in the area of penetration testing in work and play as well contributed to the hacker community as whole, through projects, conferences, competitions or a combination of these. During her time as a pentest ninja, she has also mentored others to become pentest ninjas.

Secure Coder

She has excelled in the area of developing computer software or programs in a way that guards against the accidental introduction of security vulnerabilities. This could be in the form of being on a team developing or leading the team. 

NEW: Cyber Champion

Brand new category to recognize the efforts of the men in the cyber industry and their support and contributions to WSC through volunteering, sponsoring, mentoring, and advocacy. Nominees have a proven track record of supporting women and diversity efforts while being inclusive to all either through their work or volunteering in the community. 

Volunteer of the Year

WSC members only, free or paid, who have volunteered time to WSC and its programming throughout the year. The recipient(s) of this award are chosen by the Board of Directors and the Event Planning Committee.

President's Award

This recipient is chosen by the President/CEO of the organization for outstanding work with WSC and within the cybersecurity community. She has demonstrated excellence in work and helping others and has left a mark on the community as a whole.

Previous Award Winners

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on creative excellence and relevancy to the category for which they are submitted. WSC reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should entries not meet the criteria. Judges will include members of WSC, sponsors and a select number of guests from throughout the community. All decisions are final.


Deadline for nominations is April 30th, 2020 @ 11:59 pm.


For further information, please contact WSC Events at (


How do I know she is in the cyber field?

Cyber security is defined as the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. NIST breaks down each area needed to protect the cybersecurity infrastructure. This framework also provides a good deal information on the different jobs roles, so check it out here.


Nomination Form