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Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. What better time to offer congratulations to these trail blazing women and the organizations that support them.

Thought Leaders/Influencers

Alissa Abdullah

Dr. Alissa Abdullah is a respected IT strategist and visionary with experience in both government and private industry. She is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Xerox, formerly held the same position at Styker, and also served as Deputy CIO of the Executive Office of the President for White House #44. She is on the HuffPost Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2016 list.

Lesley Carhart

Lesley Carhart is a Principal Threat Hunter at the industrial security firm Dragos, Inc. She is recognized as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity incident response, and regularly speaks on the topic at industry conferences, universities, and to news media. Lesley was named a “Top Woman in Cybersecurity” by Cyberscoop news in 2017 and has also received the Guidance Enfuse conference “Women in Technology” award. She currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Follow@hacks4pancakes

Eleanor Dallaway

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. Follow @InfosecEditor

Kelly Jackson Higgins

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. Follow @kjhiggins

Katie Moussouris

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. Follow @k8em0

Shira Rubinoff

Shira Rubinoff is a cybersecurity and Blockchain advisor, speaker, and influencer who has built two cybersecurity companies and led multiple women-in-technology efforts. She currently serves as President of NYC tech Incubator, Prime Tech Partners, SecureMySocial, as well as on the boards of the Executive Women’s Forum for Information Security, Leading Women in Technology, Blockchain, Mainframe, AI company, Castillo Networks, and TrueConnect and Crypto company. Follow @Shirastweet

Runa Sandvik

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. Follow @runasand

Kelly Sheridan

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. Follow @kellymsheridan

Window Snyder

Window Snyder is chief software security officer, VP and general manager of Intel’s Platforms Security Division. Previously chief security officer at Fastly, Apple, and Mozilla Corporation, she is co-author of Threat Modeling4, a standard manual on application security. Her specialties include security, threat modeling, community outreach, strategy, and communications. Follow @window

Kim Stevenson

Kim Stevenson is a passionate tech leader driving digital transformation that leads to outstanding business results. Currently SVP and GM for Data Center Infrastructure at Lenova, she spent five years at Intel as COO for the CISA Group, and as Intel’s CIO. She is a much sought after speaker and has won numerous industry awards, including Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best CIO and winner of the Woman of Excellence Digital Trailblazer by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). Follow @kimsstevenson

Parisa Tabriz

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. Follow @laparisa

Chenxi Wang

Chenxi Wang is an experienced technology/strategy executive with deep technical background (Ph.D. Computer Science), strong analytical skills (VP, Forrester) and extensive market know-how. She is a strong advocate for equality and diversity in high tech, and the founder of her own security consulting organization: The Jane Bond Project. She was also winner of the prestigious Women of Influence – SC Award in 2016. Follow @chenxiwang


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