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Monday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. What better time to offer congratulations to these trail-blazing women and give them a follow. Here is a list of hackers, thought leaders, and cybersecurity experts. This list is not exhaustive by any means and there are so many more trail-blazing leaders in cybersecurity out there. This is just a start.

Lesley Carhart (@hacks4pancakes)

Lesley is a 20+ year IT industry veteran, including 13 years in infosec. She speaks and writes about digital forensics and incident response, Industrial Control System Security, OSINT, and infosec careers. She is heavily involved in the Chicagoland infosec community. When she’s not tackling infosec, she studies martial arts, is a competitive pistol marksman and considers herself a huge geek.

Sandra Toms (@sandra001)

Over the course of her career she has been recognized as one of the Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime (2019) and as one of the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity (2017). She is a security and big data geek and happens to be vice president and curator at RSA Conference.

Eleanor Dallaway (@InfosecEditor)

As the editor of Infosecurity Magazine, Eleanor Dallaway is at the forefront of the security industry. She spends her days interviewing industry professionals, keeping the website updated with news on an hourly basis, editing the magazine, and attending industry events. This makes Infosecurity Magazine a beacon of news, opinion, and knowledge for any level of professional in the tech world.

Kelly Jackson Higgins (@Kjhiggins)

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise Magazine, Communications Week, Virginia Business magazine, and other major media properties. She was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Journalists in the U.S. 

Katie Moussouris (@k8em0)

Katie Moussouris is the founder and CEO of Luta Security, a company that specializes in helping businesses and governments work with hackers to better defend against digital attacks. As a computer security researcher who led Microsoft’s vulnerability research, she created initiatives that included the company’s bug bounty program. She was also the chief policy officer at HackerOne, a vulnerability disclosure company based in San Francisco. She helped the U.S. Department of Defense start the government’s first bug bounty program, called “Hack the Pentagon.” She is on the Forbes “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech” list. 

Fahmida Y. Rashid (@FYRashid)

Fahmida is the Executive Editor at VentureBeat covering data, AI/ML and infosec. She has over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development. In her previous role, she served as the Senior Managing Editor for Decipher. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas.

Runa Sandvik (@runasand)

Runa Sandvik is a privacy and security researcher working at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. As Senior Director of Information Security at The New York Times, she helps reporters better understand the cyber challenges that journalists face. She is a former developer with The Tor Project, a technical advisor to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and a member of the review board for Black Hat Europe. She has also spoken at numerous conferences around the world. 

Kelly Sheridan (@kellymsheridan)

As the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, Kelly Sheridan focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis, specifically reporting on the cybersecurity threats that put businesses at risk and the tech designed to keep them secure. She previously worked at InformationWeek as a business technology journalist, where she covered Microsoft, insurance and technology, and financial services. 

Window Snyder (@window)

Window Snyder is the Chief Security Officer at Square. Previously chief security officer at Intel’s Platforms Security Division, Fastly, Apple, and Mozilla Corporation, she is co-author of Threat Modeling, a standard manual on application security. Her specialties include security, threat modeling, community outreach, strategy, and communications. 

SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity)

SwiftOnSecurity is a pseudonymous computer security expert and influencer on Twitter who pretends to be Taylor Swift. According to Twitter, Swift focuses on systems security, author at,, is a systems admin and security engineer.

Parisa Tabriz (@laparisa)

Parisa Tabriz manages Google’s information security engineering team of 30 “hired hackers,” who conduct security design and code reviews, build and enhance Google technology to make secure development possible, conduct security engineering training, and manage vulnerability response. She is a sought-after keynote speaker at large tech events. 

Chenxi Wang (@chenxiwang)

Winner of the 2019 Women Investor award, Women of Influence – SC Award, Chenxi is an experiences technology/strategy executive with a deep technical background (Ph.D. Computer Science), strong analytical skills (VP, Forrester) and extensive go-to-market know-how. She is an advocate for equality and diversity in the high tech field and is the Founder of Equal Respect & the Jane Bond Project.

Shannon Lietz (@devsecops)

Shannon is passionate about Securability, Mobile & Cloud Technology, DevSecOps and Rugged! Her career has been dedicated towards building large-scale security engineering teams with the presence of delivering security through people, regardless of function, by engaging them directly with a tangible security mindset and increasing their security skills through thoughtful controls.


Also, check out these organizations supporting women who are making a difference in cybersecurity:

Women in Cybersecurity

WiCyS is the only non-profit membership organization with national reach that is dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity. Members come from academia, research, and industry to share knowledge and experience. WiCyS offers community, mentoring, learning, networking, and career development to women at all stages of their cybersecurity careers. Follow @WiCySorg

Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

WSC is a non-profit organization passionate about empowering women to succeed in cybersecurity. A community of women supporting each other through every step of the career journey, WSC is committed to its members’ success through technical training, mentoring, networking and more. Follow at @WomenCyberjutsu