Nominations for SC Media’s 2022 Women in IT Security Now Open

I am delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 9th annual Women in IT Security program, recognizing female information security professionals who demonstrate, through their expertise and leadership, the advantage of the diversity of workforce.

We are launching this program, one of my favorites of the year, with optimism. I see more women in leadership positions – in the public and private sectors. I feel like more women – and men – feel empowered to speak out about the need for diversity and to denounce both successes and failures. And I see the efforts of companies to support women within their own organizations with programs that go beyond lip service.

Do I have statistics that prove it? Not exactly. Could this reflect a bandwagon mentality among professionals or efforts to seize good public relations by companies? Probably a little – but maybe that doesn’t matter. If individuals and businesses see gender diversity, or diversity in general, as something they need to do to stay current and relevant, then I call that progress.

Now let’s move on to the details of the program. We will again recognize winners in five categories:

  • Cyber ​​Security Veterans, who have delivered consistent performance and innovation over long careers;
  • powerful players, who, through engagement and market engagement, have risen to positions of influence;
  • Defenders, who have advanced cybersecurity awareness and served as beacons for expansion and diversity in the field; and
  • women to watch, that are gaining attention as drivers of the next wave of industry growth and innovation.

Women from all segments of the cybersecurity market are eligible: salespeople, practitioners, educators, researchers. And we encourage individuals to nominate their colleagues and peers, and for individuals to be their own best advocate and nominate themselves. We want to know how women stand up for other women of all races and backgrounds, and we want to know how women of all races and backgrounds contribute to the knowledge base for the benefit of all.

Let me put that last point another way, because it’s important: This is a program that recognizes IT security leaders who happen to be women. This is not a program that recognizes women who happen to be leaders in IT security. As such, it is a program intended to highlight the benefit of expanding openness to recognize talent and power where it exists – not just where societal norms have historically led us. to watch.

To submit nominations, please enter all information in the registration form. Entries will close on June 24, when SC Media’s Editorial Team and Advisory Board members will begin the difficult task of reviewing all entries and selecting the winners who will be revealed in September.

And in the meantime, be sure to also check out last year’s winners and all of our coverage of the inspiring work being done by women in the infosec community. We have a lot to celebrate.

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