This new initiative recognizes women in Canada who have made a significant contribution to the cyber security industry.

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The Top Women in Cyber Security initiative recognizes Canadian women who have advanced the cyber security agenda and are helping shape the path for future generations.

If you know a Canadian woman with more than three years of experience in the Canadian cyber security field, public, private or not for profit sectors, nominate them for recognition today. Self-nominations are welcomed. 

The deadline for nomination is May 8, 2020

The co-chairs for the initiative are Bonnie Butlin, founder and international coordinator of WISECRA, a global network of female cyber security professionals, and Fawn Annan, President of ITWC. Butlin has been called “Canada’s First Lady of Security” while Annan is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in the IT industry.

“Less than 10 per cent of cyber security jobs in Canada are held by women. We could go a long way toward addressing the skills shortage in IT security by encouraging more women to enter the profession.”

Fawn Annan, President and CEO of ITWC

The Top Women in Cyber Security initiative was developed by the Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA) in collaboration with IT World Canada (ITWC) to raise awareness about the invaluable role that women play in the cyber security sector. It is hoped the initiative will put the field higher on the radar as a career choice for young women.

“We’re looking for women who have advanced the industry and shaped the path for future generations. We see them as the role models who will be instrumental in building the future.”

Bonnie Butlin, International Coordinator,
Women in Security & Resilience Alliance

Nominate

If you know a Canadian woman with more than three years of experience in the Canadian cyber security field, public, private or not for profit sectors, nominate them for recognition today. Self-nominations are welcomed.  The deadline for nomination is May 8, 2020


Judges

The organizing committee is pleased to announce the following cyber security heavyweights have committed to be judges for the awards program:

Namir Anani, President & CEO at Information and Communications Technology Council
Rima Aristocrat, President & CIO, Willis College
Robert Beggs, CEO, DigitalDefence
Terry Cutler, Founder & CEO, Cyology Labs Inc.
Francoise Gagnon, CEO of ADGA Group Consultants Inc.
Ali A. Ghorbani, Director, Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity
Le Ha Hang, VP Global Security, CGI
Franca Palazzo, Executive Director, Internet Society – Canadian Chapter
Sharon Polsky, President & CEO, Privacy & Access Council
Sarah Shortreed, CTO, ATCO Group
Suzie Smibert, CISO, Finning International

The winners who make the 2020 list will be featured on the IT World Canada website in early June. A special reception acknowledging the winners is being organized.

For more information on The Top Women in Cyber Security initiative