ACM Washington DC sponsored this year’s Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) Awards. These awards were created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done by women in the cyber security industry. A panel of judges selected the finalists from nominations submitted by the nominee’s peers. WSC awarded the winners during the Annual Cyberjutsu Awards Dinner August 13th, 2015 in Mclean Virginia at JR Stockyard.
The winners were as follows:
Ashley Holtz – Cyber Advocate – for promoting innovative programs or projects to support and promote workforce development and employment.
Courtney Lancaster – Cyber Educator – for using technology in a creative and innovative way in the classroom or other learning environments.
Paula Fetterman – Mentor – for demonstrating excellence in mentoring, for outstanding support, encouraging and promoting educational, professional and personal development.
Mai Tamerz – Cyber Rising Star – for demonstrating excellence in her professional position as well as contributing to the industry and society in positive ways.
Sara Osorio & Debra Glover – Volunteer of the Year – WSC members who have volunteered time to WSC and its programming throughout the year.
Kathleen Dillon – Presidential Award – presented by the President/CEO of WSC for outstanding work with the organization and within the cyber security community.
Shon Harris – Presented Posthumously, Influential Woman of the Year – a prolific author of books and articles related to information security. Harris served as an engineer in the United States Air Force Information Warfare Unit, was an information security consultant, and founder of an information security training company, Logical Security. Information Security Magazine had recognized Harris as one of the top 25 women in the information security field.
In cyber security, only 10-15 percent of the workforce is female. More efforts are needed to encourage women in the cyber community. WSC is a community of women supporting each other and training the next generation of cyber ninjas in hopes of building a pipeline to bridge the gender divide in cyber. DC ACM is proud to sponsor such an amazing awards ceremony celebrating women in cyber security.