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Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2022

Know a woman in cybersecurity who inspires you? #MIWIC2022

Nominations are now open! Deadline is Friday, 7th of October 2022.

From the well-engrained stereotype of men coding in hoodies to the perception that cybersecurity is only for the highly technical, the IT industry has had to battle a number of misconceived notions that alienate huge segments of the population from even considering a career move into the field; notably, women. While work is being done to break down the barriers to entry and we are seeing improvements, now is not the time to fall complacent.

One of the crucial elements of making cybersecurity appeal to women is to show them the possibilities, by highlighting role models for them to aspire to. Specifically, role models who have had demonstrable success in the sector or are driving the changes necessary to redress the current imbalance. This is why we’ve created the Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards!

The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the women’s achievements and shed light on these individuals as role models for others. 

The public is free to nominate candidates via the form on the IT Security Guru website (the award is open to women worldwide), and the final Top 20 Women will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges. A profile on each of these Top 20 Women will then be published following the awards ceremony.

The IT Security Guru and Eskenzi PR – with the generous support from our sponsors: KPMG, BT, KnowBe4 and Beazley – will host a physical event at the BT Tower in London on Tuesday, the 22nd of November 2022. Stay tuned – more information to come!

You can also check out last year’s keynote address by human hacker, Jenny Radcliffe, here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kpmg-advisory_most-inspiring-women-in-cyber-2021-jenny-activity-6871506257887461376-jr4h

With Thanks to Our Sponsors

2021 Nominee Shortlist

Part I of the Nominee Shortlist

Part II of the Nominee Shortlist

2021 Top 21 Feature Profiles

A lack of diversity in cybersecurity puts organisations at risk

One week later and International Women’s Day is still fresh in our minds. There is still some way to go but every day that we challenge the stigma and bias that impact women in the workplace. Obrela Security Industries have launched a campaign to celebrate women in the cybersecurity industry. You can read their blog […]

How the CISO has adapted to protect the hybrid workforce

Many organisations have been considering a network transformation initiative to support the adoption of SaaS, cloud-based applications, and an increasingly remote workforce. Given the connectivity needs of a remote workforce – and knowing a hybrid workforce is here to stay – many IT teams have had to make sudden changes in the way workers connect […]

Securing Diversity for Success

With work still to be done to boost diversity and inclusion in cyber security, KPMG UK’s Katie Diacon unpacks where some of the challenges exist, and what could make a difference. Cyber security is one of the most innovative and dynamic sectors to work in, and it is increasingly vital to the operational resilience of […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards 2021

Last night, with the help of our sponsors KPMG and Beazley, we celebrated this year’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards. Hosted in Canary Wharf, the awards were kick-started by Jenny Radcliffe, who delivered an amazing speech about what it is to be a woman in this industry, using FAQs to frame her talk. Before recognising this year’s 21 […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Areej Eliyan, IT Administrator at MOEHE Qatar

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Anna Collard, SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist at KnowBe4

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Bindu Sundaresan, Director at AT&T Cybersecurity 

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Dr. Jacqui Taylor, CEO of FlyingBinary

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Regina Bluman, Security Analyst at Algolia

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Aileen Ryan, Senior Director Portfolio Strategy at Siemens EDA

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Gail Kent, Director of Messenger Policy at Facebook

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Rea James, Global Cyber Strategic Threat Intelligence Lead at Vodafone

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Gamze Konyar, Head of Cyber at Marsh CEE & Eastern Mediterranean Regions

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Jennifer Valentine, Security Specialist Lead at Jamf

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Anjali Das, Partner, Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Data Privacy at Wilson Elser

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Eleanor Ludlam, Senior Associate at DAC Beachcroft LLP

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Anne Woodley, Security Specialist at Microsoft

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Sema Yuce, Director at Truth ISC Technology and Security Consultancy LTD

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Marilise de Villiers, Founder & CEO of ROAR! Coaching and Consulting

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Lisa Ventura, Founder of Cyber Security Unity

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Alison Dyer, Group CISO at Urenco

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Pat Ryan, Director and Founder of Cyber Girls First

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Sophia McCall, Security Consultant, NCC Group

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Shehnaaz Sonde, Senior Manager – Cyber Response Services at KPMG 

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2021: Bronwyn Boyle, CISO at Mambu

The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words […]

2021 Photos

Virtual Event 2020

WINNERS 2020

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