Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2023

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It's time celebrate NOW!

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.

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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 2023 (this is a popularity vote for a woman cybersecurity professional)

9. Cybersecurity Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 (demonstrates accomplishments being an entrepreneur in the cybersecurity field)

The Winners of Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Awards 2023

Our Selection Committee 2023

Natalia Spinu

Director, European Institute for Political Studies of Moldova, Cyber Security Expert


Brenno Andrade

Head of Cybercrime Unit at Civil Police | Police Commander


Anuprita Daga

President, Chief Information Security Officer at YES BANK


Gabrielle Botbol

Ethical Hacker, Award-winning Pentester, Board Member Speaker


Malak Trabelsi Loeb

International Business Law, Space Law, Tech Law, National Security Law & Tech Transfer - DeepTech & Space

United Arab Emirates

Nicki Doble GAICD

Interim CIO, Interim CISO


Abeer Khedr

Head of Cyber Security at National Bank of Egypt (NBE)


Malcolm Harkins

Board Member, Advisor, Mentor/Coach at Protect to Enable


Nicola Whiting

Co-Owner Titania Group, Neurocyber boardmember, UK Gov tech & diversity advisor.

United Kingdom

Karl Mattson

CISO at Noname Security


Amy De Salvatore

Partner at NightDragon, Board Member


Shanna Daly

Cyber Security, Incident Response, Digital Forensics. Advisor and Speaker


Jelena Z. Matone

Senior Head, CISO Senior Head, CISO, European Investment Bank (EIB)


David Vaughn

Influencer, Board Advisor, CISO, Speaker, ISSA Fellow


Marilise de Villiers

Founder and CEO, Roar Coaching and Consulting

South Africa

Danielle Robinson

CESM, Senior Consultant, MS Digital Forensics & Cyber Security Investigations


Heide Young

Cyber Security Strategist, Ranked in Top 10 Technology Leaders in Middle East 2022

Saudi Arabia

Alex Keedy

Director of Strategic Operations at ZeroFox


Our Finalists 2023

Nomination Process

  • The nominations window opens on January 9th and remains open until May 15th.
  • CSWY subcommittee reviews the nominations for qualifications between May 16th - May 31st.
  • The selection committee (judges) will come together on June 1st 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 15th.  
  • The public will be able to vote for their top choices between June 16th and July 5th.  
  • The winners will be revealed at the CSWY 2023 Awards GALA in Las Vegas on August 8th.

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