Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2021

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It's almost time to join us at the CSWY GALA on August 3rd when we will reveal the 2021 awards winners.

Do you know an amazing woman in security who goes beyond what is expected and inspires all who cross her path? 

The women leading our industry - bringing innovation, inspiration, and talent development ideas into organizations around the world - deserve recognition for their contributions. We’re looking to you to help us pay tribute to female cybersecurity professionals making a difference with their work and dedication to a safer digital ecosystem.  

Take a look at the categories on the right to select a category that best describes your amazing woman leader, and submit her for a well deserved award.

You can nominate your favorite cyber woman in the following categories: 

1. Cybersecurity Woman "Barrier Breaker" (nominee should be a woman with a legacy and record of developing research and/or products that have changed the industry)  

2. Cybersecurity Woman Influencer of the Year (a thought leader who has authored research, investigations, or legislation making in the cybersecurity industry)  

3. Cybersecurity Women Supporter of the Year (can be anyone with significant contributions to support women in cybersecurity)

4. Woman Cybersecurity Leader of the Year (demonstrates significant success in major cybersecurity initiatives)

5. Cybersecurity Woman Hacker of the Year (known for the outstanding performance in this role)

6. Cybersecurity or Privacy Woman Law Professional (demonstrates accomplishments related to cybersecurity and privacy law)

7. Cybersecurity Woman Volunteer of the Year (demonstrates outstanding diligence in their volunteer work dedicated to great causes in the cybersecurity field)

8. People's Choice Award 2021 (this is a popularity vote for a woman cybersecurity professional)


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2021 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Awards Winners

2021 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Awards Finalists

2020 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Awards

The Cyber Security Hub is the CSWY official media partner and an online news source for global cyber security professionals and business leaders who leverage technology and services to secure the entire perimeter in their enterprise.

Our Selection Committee

Tina Gravel

SVP Global Channels and Alliances at AppGate


Tom Kellermann

Head of Cybersecurity Strategy at VMWare


Jacqui Kernot

Partner - Cyber Security at Ernst & Young, FAISA


Dorene Rettas

Managing director of Cyber Security Hub/ IQPC


Mark Lynd

Head of Digital Business at Netsync


  Michala Liavaag

Information Security (inc. Cyber Security) Leader (CISO|Head) | CISM SCF HCISPP PC.dp. CIPT | (she/her)


Chuck Brooks

Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University


Illena Armstrong

President of Cloud Security Alliance


Troels Oerting

Chairman of the Board at BULLWALL


Candy Alexander

ISSA International President & Chief Architect at Cyber Security Career Lifecycle


Anastasiya Kornitska

The lead of OT/ICS Cybersecurity in Sweden at Orange Cyberdefense


Chris Roberts

Chief Security Strategist at Cynet


Kai Michael Hermsen

Cybersecurity Leader - Charter of Trust; Member of the Siemens Cybersecurity Board


Dr Carrine Teoh Chooi Shi

Adjunct Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


Christie Chaffee

Product Strategy Leader at JP Morgan & Co.


Lisa Bradley

Director, Product & Application Security at Dell Technologies


Phillimon Zongo

CEO at Cyber Leadership Institute


Nomination Process

  • The nominations window opens on April 2nd and remains open until May 30th.
  • CSWY subcommittee reviews the nominations for qualifications between May 31 - June 15th.
  • The selection committee will come together on June 16th to select the top 3 candidates in each category.  
  • The top 3 selected nominees for all categories will be posted on our site on June 30th.  
  • The public will be able to vote for their top choices between July 1st and July 25th.  
  • The winners will be revealed at the CSWY 2021 Awards GALA in Las Vegas on August 3rd.

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