In celebration of Women’s History Month, the editors of Solutions Review discussed the current state of women in cybersecurity in 2020. Yet we wanted to do more. March gives us the opportunity to examine the oft-forgotten or erased contributions of women, especially regarding cybersecurity.
Depending on your source, women only compromise 11 to 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. However, female cybersecurity leaders contribute significantly to network, cloud, and identity security. We wanted to share in the accomplishments of ten key female cybersecurity leaders in 2020.
10 Key Female Cybersecurity Leaders to Know in 2020
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham has a staggering list of accomplishments and titles. Currently, she serves as the Founders Chair Professor Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Additionally, Dr. Thurasingham works as the Founding Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSDI) at UTD. Moreover, she acts as the Co-Director of the Centers for Women in Data Science and Women in Cyber Security. Her research focuses on the intersection of cybersecurity and data science/artificial intelligence.
Learn more about Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham here.
Sheila Jordan works as Chief Digital Technology Officer at Honeywell, a multinational conglomerate. Previously, Jordan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Symantec, a major endpoint security provider. As such, she drove Symantec’s information technology strategy and operations ensuring that the company stayed ahead of technology trends. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President of Communication and Collaboration IT at Cisco Systems. Also, Jordan was recently appointed to the Slack Board of Directors.
Learn more about Sheila Jordan here.
Sigalit Shavit works at privileged access management provider CyberArk as its Global Chief Information Technology Officer. She provides and manages the information technology and security infrastructures enabling CyberArk’s business objectives. Shavit also served as Global CIO and Head of DevOps at ECI Telecom Ltd. Prior, she worked as VP and CIO of FedEx, Israel. Also, Shavit held senior IT positions prior to CyberArk. She was named in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity of 2019 by the Software Report.
Learn more about Sigalit Shavit here.
Lisa (Foreman) Jiggetts
Lisa Jiggetts is the Founder and President of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. Thus, she works to advance women in information security through networking, education, and resource-sharing. Previously, she served as a government contractor, penetration tester, and mobile security tester. Also, she has experience in application security and vulnerability assessment.
Learn more about Lisa Jiggetts here.
Mischel Kwon is the Founder and CEO of W@tchtower—a provider that focuses on assessing, repairing, and building Security Operations Centers (SOCs). Kwon is also a security enthusiast and software developer. Before founding W@tchtower, she served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and as the Chief IT Security Technologist for the Department of Justice.
Learn more about Mischel Kwon here.
As the CIO of Citrix, Meerah Rajavel leads a global IT team to deliver solutions. Previously, Rajavel served as the CIO and Product Cloud Operations at Forcepoint, responsible for the company’s technology and infrastructure strategy. She received multiple awards, including the “Top 25 Woman Leaders in Cybersecurity” by The Software Report (2019). Rajavel specializes in cloud computing, SaaS, and User Experience, among other skills.
Learn more about Meerah Rajavel here.
Carolyn Crandall serves as Chief Deception Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Attivo Networks. This places her at the heart of a deception technology company specializing in detection and analysis. As the Chief Deception Officer, Crandall speaks on security innovation at CISO forums and industry events. Also, she regularly contributes bylines and blog posts. Meanwhile, as the Chief Marketing Officer, she creates the deception technology categories. Crandall also founded marketing consulting services Marticulate.
Learn more about Carolyn Crandall here.
Dr. Dorit Dor
As the Vice President of Products at Check Point, Dr. Dorit Dor manages all product definition and development functions for the solution provider. Her core responsibilities include leading the company’s product management, research and development and quality assurance. She’s worked at Check Point’s R&D department since 1995. Forbes named Dr. Dor one of Israel’s most powerful women. Additionally, she is a member of the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity. She won the Israel National Defense Prize in 1993.
Learn more about Dr. Dorit Dor here.
Angela McKay is Microsoft’s Senior Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy. She focuses on driving strategic change both within Microsoft and without to advance trust in the computing ecosystem. She leads Microsoft’s public policy work on cybersecurity and cloud security. Additionally, McKay serves as Microsoft’s Point of Contact for the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Previously, she led Microsoft’s cybersecurity policy work in the U.S.
Learn more about Angela McKay here.
Finally, our list of female cybersecurity leaders wouldn’t feel complete without Eva Chen. Chen serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trend Micro, a provider Chen co-founded. She served as Trend Micro’s Executive Vice President from 1988-1996 and CTO from 1996-2004. Her leadership earned her appointment as Trend Micro’s CEO in late 2004. Moreover, she’s been named as one of the most influential executives in the industry by CRN in 2009 and the top 10 High-Flying Women in Technology by V3 Magazine in 2012.
Learn more about Eva Chen here.
Thank you to these female cybersecurity leaders. Also, you can learn more about cybersecurity in our SIEM Buyer’s Guide.
Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.