Security: 10 Women in Information Security That Everyone Should Know
Mischel Kwon analyzed vulnerabilities in federal networks and cyber-threats as both a director for the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and as the deputy director for IT Security Staff at the Justice Department. She is currently president and CEO of security consulting firm Mischel Kwon and Associates, specializing in technical defensive security, security operations and information assurance.
While still outnumbered in the boardroom, especially in technology firms, women are making inroads within the tech field. In January, CEO Virginia Rometty became the first female to be given the top job at IBM. A few months earlier, former eBay chief Meg Whitman was asked to take over the CEO post at Hewlett-Packard. Despite these major milestones, technology remains a heavily male-dominated field, and even more so sectors like information security. Most of the C-level executives in technology firms are men, although women are beginning to appear among general managers, directors and vice presidents. And while men make up the majority of security experts on stage at major security conferences, plenty of female experts have been in the trenches, working to keep attackers out. Regardless of title, be it vice president, CEO, threat researcher or otherwise, the women here have amassed enough expertise and knowledge that when they say something about information security, people stop and listen. In no particular order, here are some of the women in information security you should know.