Women in the cybersecurity field. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine.

181 Women In Cybersecurity To Follow On Twitter, More Next Week

Cybercrime Magazine is compiling the world’s largest list of its kind

– Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Jul. 6, 2018

Cybercrime Magazine has 4 women in cyber – a researcher, a reporter, a journalist, and an editor – working on a project to publish the world’s largest list of women in cyber.

The compilation started on Jun. 26 with an inaugural list of 58 women in cybersecurity to follow on Twitter – including CISOs, IT security pros, cybersecurity company founders and CEOs, entrepreneurs, community organizers, investors, government workers, journalists, and more.

Our editors have been swarmed with inquiries from readers – giving us a collective thumbs-up, contributing names and Twitter handles, and encouraging us to keep it coming.

Cybercrime Magazine is planning to compile the world’s largest list of women in cyber. The number of names has gone from a few dozen to a few thousand in a matter of days.

While Twitter is hardly the only source to research names, our team has concluded it’s the best for this project. We may certainly expand the format, but for now a project of this sort is a huge undertaking and we need to stay focused.

We are pleased to announce that our team will be back to you on a regular basis (at least weekly, and sometimes more frequently) with new names to follow and share. The tally was up to 132 last week — and we’ve got another 49 this week, for a total of 181 to date.


The cybersecurity thought leaders we follow, and you should too:

  • Alissa Knight @alissaknight Group Managing Partner, Brier & Thorn; Managing Partner, Kensington Park Capital. Seattle, WA
  • Cynthia Irvine @IrvineCynthia
  • Patricia Titus @RUSecur Security Warrior
  • Siobhan Gorman @Gorman_Siobhan Advising companies on privacy & cyber issues for @BrunswickGroup. Former Intelligence Correspondent @WSJ. Juggler. Wine enthusiast. Kisser of boo-boos.
  • Tyler Cohen Wood @TylerCohenWood Cyber Security Expert, Public Speaker, Author, Media, Executive Director Cyber Workforce Development at CyberVista Former DoD. Arlington VA
  • Ann Barron-DiCamillo @annie_bdc 15+ years #CyberSecurityOps learned no target remains static; no offensive or defense capability remains indefinitely effective; and NO advantage is permanent. Scottsdale, AZ
  •  Anita D’Amico @AnitaDamico cybersecurity, application security and Code Dx evangelist, visualization, decision analytics, gardening, Yankees baseball, science fiction. Securedecisions.com
  • Ginni Rometty @GinniRometty Chief Executive Officer, IBM. Armonk, New York.
  • Deb Frincke @Frincke Avid avocate of cybersecurity research, fitness, nutrition; enjoy horses and other animals, bees, gardening.
  • Mary Ann Davidson @heenaluwahine Computer security geek. I ku’u pu’uwai, he mea he’en nalu au. Ketchum, Idaho. Hawai’i often.
  • M Dennedy @mdennedy VP & CPO at Cisco. Co-author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto. These are my own views & wonderings. USA.
  • Dena Haritos Tsamitis @INIDena Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking & Director @inicmu & @cylab edu @CarnegieMellon, Pittsburgh proud, @Penn alum, expert generalist. Pittsburgh, PA
  • Angela McKay @angelamckay Cyber security junkie, policy wonk, Ramblin Wreck from GaTech, passionate professional. Washington DC
  • Connie Matthews @cahnee Columbus, Ohio
  • 2bJonesin @2bJonesin Information Security Leader, Central Ohio ISSA Board Member.USA
  • Helen Patton @OSUCISOHelen CISO for The Ohio State University. Exploring trends in infosec, and other stuff. “Pretty fly for a Buckeye”… Columbus, Ohio
  • Dee Kimata @DeeKimata Cyber security and digital professional | Kenyan Born, Colorado Raised | Currently in HTX | #TeamDee. Houston, TX
  • DkHoller @DKHoller Digital industrial & security professional excited about what we can accomplish in energy & water industries in transition. #WomenInTech . Views shared = Mine
  • Tanya Janca @shehackspurple Cloud Dev Advocate @ Microsoft AppSec Evangelist/ethical hacker/speaker/teacher/coder OWASP DevSlop & Ottawa Leader Thoughts are MINE. Canada
  • Amanda Berlin @InfoSystir Adult supervision required. Co-host of @brakesec Author – http://oreil.ly/2aS3Jdm  Quod me non necat me fortiorem facit #infosec #security #defsec #hacking. Ohio
  • Tracy Z. Maleeff @InfoSecSherpa Cyber Analyst SOC Sherpa. #Librarian turned #InfoSec professional. #GSEC certified. Your guide up a mountain of information! Home of Super Bowl LII Champs.
  • Chenxi Wang @chenxiwang General Partner, Rain Capital. San Francisco, CA
  • Laura Bell @lady_nerd Founder of safestack.io, co-author “Agile Application Security” (O’Reilly Media), application security wrangler, repeat dreamer, word slinger, mom. Auckland,NZ
  • Window Snyder @window Security Blah Blah Blah. San Francisco
  • Jennifer Minella @jjx Author, Speaker | VP of Engineering & Security | Top 10 Women in Security in SC Magazine | Dancer | Security diva | (ISC)2 Board | Mindfulness devotee. Cary, NC

  • Jen Ellis @Infosecjen Mostly nonsense, sometimes about security and/or policy. Often innuendo. Usual disclaimers: comments don’t represent employer; hearts don’t mean I love you. Boston, MA
  • Rinki Sethi @rinkisethi Woman in Tech, Mom, @Warriors fan, Information Security Leader @PaloAltoNtwks, Computer Science Engineering @UCDavis, Former leader @Intuit, @eBay, @Walmart. Cupertino, CA
  • Masha Sedova @modMasha Transforming security behaviors from have to to want to through behavioral science. Co-founder of @hello_Elevate. San Francisco
  • Runa Sandvik @runasand Senior Director of Information Security at @nytimes. New York, NY
  • Wendy Nather @wendynather Director, Advisory CISOs at @duosec. Recovering industry analyst and CISO. My opinions, let me show you them. Austin, Texas
  • Sandra Toms @sandra001 Cyber security geek. Creates experiences that bring people together to discuss important technology, topics and policy @RSAConference. My tweets = my opinions.. Silicon Valley, CA
  • Aloria @aloria ID/IR for @Spotify by day, @NYU_CSE AppSec professor by night. Clinically depressed and still well dressed. “Like Hannibal Lecter but for computers” -my mom. Flavor Country
  • Jennifer Leggio @mediaphyter Raconteur. Powerhouse. Security Twits herder emeritus. Writer for @ZDNet Zero Day. Chief Marketing Officer. Music is my lifeblood. Obsessed with baby goats. New York, NY
  • Georgia Weidman @georgiaweidman Author: Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking http://www.nostarch.com/pentesting  (use code GEORGIA) Founder of @bulbsecurity and @shevirahsec, @UMUC prof. DC, airports
  • KymPossible @Kym_Possible ape of the hamburger ++ boiling the ocean one bucket at a time ++ I hate twitter ++ get off my lawn #thoughtleader #snark. Seattle
  • Parisa Tabriz @laparisa Browser Boss @googlechrome; Security Princess @google; Project Zero den mom; former @usds; skilled at baking, eating, and hijacking cookies. Bay Area, California
  • Daniella @daniella_t05 coffee connoisseur, culture vulture & cybersec enthusiast. love tech innovation & commercialisation opps. opinions are my own. retweets not endorsements. sydney australia
  • Beverley Roche @BeverleyRoche1 Cybersecurity Adviser-passionate about the human factor. Assisting others to stay safe and secure in a digital world. Tweets are mine.
  • Julie Inman Grant @tweetinjules Aussie eSafety Commissioner. Former Tweep, Microsoftie & Adobean. M3 (Massively Multitasking Mum of 3). Proponent of “safety by design.” Random musings my own. Sydney
  • Laura Galante @LauraLGalante Cyber and Info Ops Analysis, Senior Fellow @AtlanticCouncil, Speaker, 4-H NoVA Board Member, Virginian, Horse Rider, Wife and Mom.
  • Robyn Greene @Robyn_Greene @OTI privacy/security policy counsel, marathoner, lover of outdoors. Views my own; RT not endorsement; PGP: BBCE 8771 FE22 CC40 4428 8776 7F80 C668 C0EF F3B5. Washington, DC
  • Sonia Cuff @SoniaCuff Microsoft MVP, Small biz tech advocate/vCIO, Founder-The Missing Chair, writer/speaker, emergency services volunteer, http://Instagram.com/cuff_s/ . Brisbane, Australia
  • Valerie Kenyon @ValerieGetsTech International Products Lawyer. Products law futurist. Steers companies through compliance and regulatory landscape. Product liability defence litigator. London
  • Gabriella Coleman @BiellaColeman 🤖Prof @McGillU, author of two books on hackers. Board member of @torproject and @eQualitie 🤖. Montréal, Québec
  • Margaret Morton @mfmorton #WICYS (Women in Cybersecurity) Founding Board | Forbes Technology Council | NYPD Shield | Infragard | Société Générale | @Columbia alumna | Tweets: Mine. NYC
  • Rachel Tobac @RachelTobac CEO @SocialProofSec 🤖 training and pentesting companies on social engineering | 2X @DEFCON #SECTF 2nd place | Senior UX Research @coursehero | Chair @WISPorg. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Kelly JacksonHiggins @kjhiggins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, but most of my family and friends have no clue what I do. My opinions posted here are mine only.
  • Jackie Stokes @find_evil CEO @SpyglassSec. Hacker, cybersecurity pro, mother, Iraq vet. #cryptosec #infosec #dfir #blockchain #cryptocurrency She/Her. @hackingjobs @cryptodefenseIO. New York, NY
  • Allison J Bender @AllisonJBender  Cybersecurity, law, and policy. Tweets = my own.. Washington, DC metro area


Do women make up only 11 percent of the cybersecurity workforce? Or, is the figure closer to 20 percent?

Cybercrime Magazine believes the number is so big that we’ll need a database to handle the chore. We’ll be back shortly with a powerful searchable directory of women in the cybersecurity field. Our weekly articles with the names of women in cyber will continue to be unstructured and make for a fun read – the database will bring structure and make it easy to search for names by keywords and phrases.


We will be crowdsourcing names as part of our research and compilation. Do you want to participate? Get in touch with us here and we’ll explain how you can contribute names to the world’s largest list of women in the cybersecurity field.

Many of you sent us names earlier this week. We are grateful for your contribution – and our team is processing them.

– Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

Go here to read all of my blogs and articles covering cybersecurity. Go here to send me story tips, feedback and suggestions.

Casey Morgan, a junior at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, N.Y., contributed research to this story.

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