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Moving Beyond the Potentiality of Women & Diversity in Cybersecurity

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Date and Time

August 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference

Event Type

Women in Security


Candice Benson


Lisa O'Connell


We’ve been making some progress to move beyond the mere potentiality of women and diversity in cybersecurity. Yet, most industry experts agree that there is still a great deal of work to be done. To reach a more solid and evolved state that sees a true embrace of diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity space and, more specifically, in organizations and on teams, we must experience sustained systemic support. Industry and executive leaders must lead the charge in undertaking practical everyday actions and implementing longer-term strategies. Indeed, as one C-level leader explains it, when choices are made to limit a labor pool — intentionally or unintentionally, a lower quality cybersecurity workforce remains which hampers an industry already challenged on still other fronts. So what are some pragmatic actions we all can take and what programs, policies or strategies can organizational leaders spearhead to ensure that they are including and gaining advantages from a diverse array of professionals with different backgrounds, experiences, skills and opinions? This presentation will share just some ideas and suggestions from a few industry pros.  


Debbie Christofferson – CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group and Information Security Consultant, Sapphire Security Services LLC

Debbie Christofferson, CISSP, CISM.  25+ years serving the information security field across the US, Europe and Asia in senior security management enterprise roles in large organizations.  CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group (WIS SIG) at Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 10 year former ISSA former Board of Directors, Founder of the local Cloud Security Chapter, and long time contributor to our field.  IT security consultant and principle, published author and experienced speaker and workshop leader.

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Illena Armstrong – Global Communications Officer, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI)

Illena Armstrong is a long-time media and business development leader who, with the help of the talented teams she has managed over the years, successfully built and maintained a wide range of award-winning, digitally driven multimedia, information and intelligence offerings serving targeted audiences and hitting revenue goals. She currently is Global Communications Officer and Institute Fellow with the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), a non-profit global association of cyber threat analysis and intelligence organizations formed after passage of U.S. Executive Order 13691: Promoting Private Sector Information Sharing. She also is Industry Strategy Advisor, Office of the CEO, at the Cloud Security Alliance. 

Prior to these positions, she was VP, Editorial, at SC Media, a business media brand for the information security industry. While there, she spearheaded and managed all content strategy and development, as well as played a key leadership role in driving the brand’s overall business and commercial growth with the support of team members scattered across the US and UK. 

Leveraging years in the cybersecurity industry and her brand-building, digital media, editorial, design, website, marketing/PR, social media, event, and overall business/commercial experience, she has established a multitude of award-winning digital content and editorial offerings, such as traditional hardcopy/digital editions, virtual events/webcasts, video/podcast programs, physical events and social media streams. Working closely with other brand and sales colleagues, she also has created and launched research-based products, single- and multi-tiered custom offerings, and still other product lines. 

In addition to being named to Cyber Defense Magazine's “Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity” for 2019 (https://cyberdefenseawards.com/top-25-women-in-cybersecurity/

), on her watch, SC won more than 40 awards from such industry groups as the American Society of Business Publication Editors, Trade Association Business Publications International, Folio and MIN Online. She has spoken/moderated at several industry events, including RSA Conference, National Credit Union-ISAO Annual Conference, ACCOSCA/CU Difference Tour, SC Congress US and UK, SC RiskSec, Techno Security Conference, a plethora of virtual events/webcasts and others. Prior to these endeavors, she worked for various newspapers, consumer/business magazines and eldercare journals in New England and the southern United States at which she received still more honors. 

See Illena Armstrong‘s full profile.

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