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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 15, 2018


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IFSEC Global influencers 2018: Cybersecurity

After consultation with a panel of highly respected judges, we’re delighted to reveal the IFSEC Global influencers 2018 – cybersecurity category.

The roll call of influencers across the security and fire industries is broken down into seven categories – which you can click on below to reveal the final rankings.

We defined ‘influence’ in the following ways:

  • Someone who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Someone who has been a driving force in changing regulationstandards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

We’d like to thank Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, for his tireless efforts as lead judge. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, appointed the panel of judges (which you can also view below) and coordinated the nominations and judging process. Thanks also to Bonnie Butlin, also co-founder of the Security Partners Forum and number one in last year’s international thought leader rankings, for helping to coordinate the process.

You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London – between 4-5pm on Wednesday 20 June in the ASIS Lounge.

IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2018 – the other categories

Security manufacturers/service providers

Security management

Security thought leadership

Security executives

Fire safety

System design, installation & integration


Rob Labbe - Teck Mining and Metals ISAC

20. Rob Labbe, Director, Information Security, Teck Resources Ltd and Chairman, MM ISAC

In his own words: Driven and motivated security leadership professional with a background in application security. Focused on proactive security policy, processes and tools to help end the cycle of “security whack-a-mole” that exists in the industry today.

I’m a big believer that the key to designing effective security programs starts and ends with understanding the business objectives, challenges, risks and constraints of the business – then working to design a lightweight security program that is not only aligned with the business, but builds and supports the business in achieving operational objectives.

In addition to designing and building effective security programs, my other passion is building security teams and professionals. Guiding, mentoring and building technical and personal skills is key to the success of any security program – and something that no amount of money spent on tools and products can make up for.

Colin Lobley - Cyber Security Challenge UK

19. Colin Lobley, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK

A proven and respected business leader and executive advisor in the defence, security and IT sectors, with a reputation for delivering tangible financial and operational improvements.

Strong leadership experience in both SMEs and in managing substantial P&Ls, programme budgets, and large global teams. Expertise in strategy and transformation: formulating and executing optimal go-to-market strategy and operating models at corporate, business unit and product/service level.

Experience across multiple sectors, including: Government organisations, Blue-Light Services, defence and security suppliers, IT suppliers, professional services, financial services and other critical infrastructure sectors. Focused for the past 10 years on information management and cyber security, developing and executing market entry and growth strategies for suppliers, as well as internally-facing information management, risk and security frameworks and functional target operating models.

A regular contributor and author of blogs and articles in leading publications on the subjects of strategy execution, risk management, and information / cybersecurity.


18. Kavya Pearlman, Information Security Director, Linden Lab

Kavya Pearlman is the Information Security Director at Linden Lab; protector of two virtual world economies, Second Life and the latest social VR platform called Sansar. Prior to Linden Lab, Kavya advised Facebook Information Security Team on mitigating Third Party Security Risks. Kavya graduated from DePaul University, Chicago with a Masters in Network Security and holds a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certificate from ISACA. Kavya is also certified PCI-DSS ISA (Internal Security Assessor).

Kavya Grew up in India and came to the United States in 2007. She proudly uses the freedom this country offers, being a Hindu born Jewish woman who converted to Islam. Besides Security Kavya’s other passions are  VR (Virtual Reality) and learning about virtual economies including cryptocurrencies.

“Kavya is a representative of what a woman can do in spite of adversity, especially if she puts her mind to it. Until 2011, Kavya was a cosmetologist and cutting hair for $10 and hour. It was then she read Cyberwar by Richard Clark and saw a window into the future . She could foresee what is happeneing in today”s landscape. In her research she calls it “Cyber Political Engineering” Kavya is the Information Security director or up and coming virtual reality firm called Linden Lab. She is the protector of two virtual world economies- second life and sansar. Just her presence as a covered Muslim woman speaks volume and inspires woman around the world. Kavya did not have any support when she started to pursue cyber security- al she had was passion and dedication. Yet she has now worked for organizations like Facebook and is a prominent speaker and advocate for women in security.”

#3 Jane Frankland, CISO advisor

17. Jane Frankland, MD, Cyber Security Capital

Jane Frankland is an author, speaker and entrepreneur. In 2017, she was named as the 3rd most influential person in cybersecurity in the UK, and the Diversity Champion winner at Cyber Security Awards. As the Founder of Cyber Security Capital, a coaching, training and membership firm, she specialises in high performance for leaders and entrepreneurs in security, at all levels.

Jane has over twenty years worth of experience in cybersecurity, has built and sold her own global, multi-million dollar hacking firm and held executive positions at renowned consultancies. Over the years she has launched, created and been actively involved in numerous leading accreditation organisations, forums and schemes including OWASP, CREST and Cyber Essentials. She currently serves as an awards judge for several organisations in Europe and the USA, and as a Board Advisor for C-levels. She authors many articles, is featured in industry and iconic British media, and is sought after as an international keynote speaker.

Jane is driven by her three children, an obsession to deliver outstanding quality and to make a positive difference in the world. Believing passionately in freedom, empowerment and entrepreneurism her vision is to build a safer, more secure world by growing and enabling diverse, relevant talents in cybersecurity. It’s why she authored her best-selling book, IN Security: Why a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe, and created the IN Security Movement and Members Club.

#5 sarb Sembhi

16. Sarb Sembhi, CTO, CISO & DPO, Virtually Informed

Based on his extensive knowledge of Enterprise and Information Security he has worked as a volunteer in many senior roles for ISACA and been actively involved at Govt level. He is a CTO & CISO and is well known for speaking, writing and contributing to many events and publications. He speaks and Chairs many security events which have included IFSEC since 2009 with James Willison, ASIS International, on Converged Security Management, the Noord CISO Dialogue (17 times), ID Management, ESRM. He also regularly chairs executive dinners for event companies as a knowledgeable independent chair.

Sarb has sat on the following Judging Panels (SC Awards three times; IFSEC Awards four times; FSTech Awards once; Trailblazer Awards six times). He has contributed to several security standards including the ANSI ASIS Physical Asset Protection Standard 2012, and publications in Information Security Magazine and Risk UK. He was an active member of the IET Intelligent / Smart Buildings Resilience project and brought his expertise to this pioneering group. He is now leading a whole new approach to IFSEC 2018 with Gerry Dunphy and James Willison. Together they will bring the first Converged Security Centre to an International Security event to showcase cyber physical attacks on organisations in a real time environment.

Sarb’s membership / roles / affiliations are: Past Chair of the ISACA London Security Advisory Group; Past-President of the London ISACA Chapter; Chair of ISACA International Government & Regulatory Advocacy Committee; ISACA Relations Board; ISACA Cloud Computing Task Force; Secure Software Development Partnership; Editorial Board member of InfoSecurity Magazine; Individual member of PITCom (Parliamentary IT Committee).

Sarb’s specialties: Networked CCTV System Vulnerabilities, Converged Security Risk Management, Secure Software Development (Secure by Design), Software Development Standards, Data Integrity Attacks, Protecting the people responsible for Critical Business Assets.

“Sarb continues to demonstrate his commitment to bringing all security professionals to a deeper understanding of the complex risks they face and through helping them see the diversity of these threats he also helps them understand the best response.

“Sarb Sembhi is a passionate and dedicated security professional who is committed to protecting people and organisations from cyber physical harm and has given significant time to helping others understand the implications of cyber physical security risk.”

Tammy Moskites - Accenture

15. Tammy Moskites, Managing Director/Senior Security Executive of Security products, Accenture

Tammy has 30 years of experience and is noted by her peers to be a results-driven and passionate executive leader with expertise envisioning and leading Information Security, Cyber Security and Technology focused organizations. She is a career CISO and a well-known member of the CISO community.

Tammy is currently working for Accenture as Managing Director/Senior Security Executive of Security products where she is leading, building and scaling some of the most powerful security offerings ensuring High Performance – Delivered. She previously was the CIO & CISO for Venafi and lead their Executive advisory board. She has also served as the CISO at Time Warner Cable and The Home Depot.

Over the last several years Tammy has dedicated her career to guide fellow CISO’s worldwide to help them defend their organizations from cyber threats and attacks. Tammy has driven and moderated numerous CISO dinners and speaking engagements around the world to generate and encourage information sharing within the CISO community. Amongst the many areas she is involved in, she is Distinguished Fellow with the Ponemon Institute and volunteers her time with many organizations she is passionate about, including advisors to ISACA, ISSA and MIS|TI.

Her passion on security and leadership expertise has been in quoted, interviewed and written about in articles, newspapers, magazines and on radio around the world, including FORBES “Meet the Woman Powering the Fight Against Cybercrime” and the cover of CSO Magazine. Tammy is also currently an editorial advisor to EC-Council’s – CISO Magazine. She has a blog on CSO-online “Queen of Candor” which is also her twitter handle. Tammy is certainly a sought after global speaker, not only on security, technology and governance, but also about career building, women in technology and leadership mentoring. She is enthusiastically involved with SheLeadsTech™ focused on getting more women in technology leadership roles and the technology workforce.

She volunteers her time whenever she can to educate those on security – and speaking at schools to let them know “Security is Cool”. She also gives back by providing an annual scholarship at the high school she graduated from toward their education in Cyber Security.

Tammy continues to provide strategic guidance to other industry leading security vendors where she is currently a company board advisor to Attivo Networks and Venafi and was previously an advisory member of Box and Qualys.

Tammy has had numerous accolades/awards in her career and continues to drive excellence in everything that she gets involved in. She is the Kevin Bacon of Security – “The Six Degrees of Tammy Moskites”. Most everyone knows her, heard her speak or has been fortunate enough to work with or for her will tell you, you can hear her passion, she truly loves what she does – every day!

Professor Bill Buchanan -Napier University

14. Professor Bill Buchanan OBE, Professor in the School of Computing, Napier University

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. In 2018 he received an “Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. One of his most recent achievements is the creation of a Blockchain Identify Lab and which is one of the first of its type in the world, and has significant industry funding.

He leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security at Edinburgh Napier University and The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org). His main research focus is around information sharing, IoT, e-Health, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (zonefox.com); Symphonic Software (www.symphonicsoft.com/); and Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given expert evidence to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for in every year from 2012 onwards. Bill was also included in the FutureScot “Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World”. Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers.

His current work focuses on the secret share methods, and especially in how documents can be stored securely in public cloud based systems. The current cryptography work around secret shares has won several awards, and is the basis for new funded work. This is further enhanced with work around sticky policies and identity based encryption, and which aims to integrate access rights on document within public cloud systems. This includes the storage of high risk documents, such as health care records and financial information. Along with this he has new research work which integrates machine learning into insider threat detection, and within side channel analysis on embedded systems.

“Bill Buchanan is a soft-spoken advocate of good advice in cybersecurity. His guidance is academically sound and and pragmatic for the implementers. The material he produces is prolific and never fails to be useful and understandable. His methods of outreach through his teaching – lectures, seminars, laboratories – a benchmark for others who aspire to fill the cyber security skills gap.”

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola - Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

13. Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola is Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services, a Cyber Security & Information Communication Technology (ICT) Consultancy Firm in Abuja. He was a former Senior Special Assistant Innovation & Technology to the National Security Adviser to the President of Nigeria.

He is a founding & Steering Committee member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT); mentor to the African forum of Computer Incident Response Reams (AfricaCERT), instigator of the Office of the National Security Adviser Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (NGCERT); implemented the National Information Technology Development Agency Nigerian Computer Emergency Readiness & Response ecosystem (CERRT.ng); & member of the Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group.

He participated in drafting the 2001 National IT Policy, ICT4D Strategic Action Plan, National ICT in Education Policy & aspects of the Policy on Space Science & Technology; National Standards & Guidelines for e-Library in Nigeria; National Framework on Building Women & Youths Knowledge-Based Nation through IT. He also provides support to the Honourable Minister of Communications on Nigeria ICT Roadmap 2016-2019 and the Nigeria Information and Communications Technology Sector Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

He is resource person to the ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Centre Oman; UNESCO on the “Feasibility Study on the development of a Virtual Library by Institutions of Higher Education” in Nigeria; ECOWAS Commission on the ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN); South East Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; on Cyber Security in Countering Terrorism & Violent Extremism for the OIC headquarters, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He has attended several programmes including Science, Technology & Innovation Policy at the prestigious Harvard University, & certifications from the MIS Training Institute, Massachusetts, USA in Large Scale Computer Forensics, Incident Response; International Security in the Interconnected World & The Forum on Information Warfare; including certifications on Digital Forensics with Forensics Recovery Evidence Device (FRED) by Digital Intelligence, Inc., USA; Universal Forensic Extraction Device’ (UFED) by Cellebrite; and with Cyber Security Capability and Capacity Building certification by Cyber Security Malaysia.

He has traveled extensively and has nurtured strong social capital in the private & public sectors as well as in academia & civil society.

Pete Cooper The Atlantic Council

12. Pete Cooper, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, The Atlantic Council

Pete Cooper is an independent cyber security adviser based in London, United Kingdom (UK), and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

The first part of his twenty-four-year career in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), was as a fast jet pilot and instructor on the Tornado GR4. He then became an early member of the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) Joint Cyber Unit, developing and integrating cyber operations into UK and MoD processes. His final position was in MoD Joint Forces Cyber Group where he was the strategic cyber operations adviser, playing a key role in developing policies, concepts, and doctrine both nationally and internationally.

He has an MSc in cyberspace operations from Cranfield University. His dissertation on adding a cognitive dimension to active cyber defense was published by the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and explored how a better understanding of attacker psychology could be used to augment legal active cyber defense methodologies. He is also a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).

Since leaving the RAF in 2016 he has been advising nationally and internationally on cyber security challenges and opportunities, supporting various organizations in developing their strategies. He is also a passionate supporter for the Cyber 9/12 policy and strategy competition, which has seen him present and judge at competitions in both the United States and Europe. As director of Cyber 9/12 UK, he is also leading the rollout of the competition in the UK.

“Pete was instrumental in bringing the first Cyber 9/12 event to the UK. This is a competition designed by the Atlantic Council, which aims to bring awareness of wider Cyber policy challenges to University students. Pete’s enthusiasm and expertise made the event a great success and all those involved benefited from the occasion. A full write-up of the event was published in SCMagazine here: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/policy-strategy-hard-tech–competition-cooperation-in-cyber-skills/article/747241/ And a short video of the event here.”

Tanya Janca Microsoft Canada

11. Tanya Janca, Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft Canada

Tanya Janca is a senior cloud developer advocate for Microsoft, specializing in application security; evangelizing software security and advocating for developers through public speaking, her open source project OWASP DevSlop, and various forms of teaching via workshops, blogs and community events. As an ethical hacker, OWASP Project and Chapter Leader, software developer, effective altruist and professional computer geek of 20+ years, she is a person who is truly fascinated by the ‘science’ of computer science.

“Tanya Janca has been working extremely hard over the past few years to bring more attention to security in web applications, a topic that seems to dismissed in the media recently with breached being quickly forgotten. She’s clearly very passionate about software security, having spoken at conferences and meetups in Europe, the United States and Canada, raising awareness for security practitioners and developers alike, about software security and hacking basics, as well as how security and developers can work together better (on an enterprise level). Her countless hours of volunteering show a real dedication to changing things for the better. As an added bonus, she’s also been doing active outreach to try to encourage women to participate more in security by planning separate ladies-only events in various cities, and “crashing” local events in Ottawa with the Ladies Code meetup so that none of them have to be “the only woman there”.

“Tanya is an extremely keen and energetic speaker and advocate for IT Security (and Web Application Security in particular). I’ve seen Tanya speak on numerous occasions on different topics and her enthusiasm is contagious. She is widely engaged in the IT Security industry: co-leading the Ottawa OWASP chapter, co-leading a newer OWASP project (DevSlop), taking part in WIA, presenting on IT Security topics to generalist IT groups and chapters, presenting at conferences globally, taking part in CTFs. Tanya gladly shares her ideas and insights with other open source project groups whether those are documentation or software projects. She has helped setup mentorships locally and encouraged others to do so internationally. All of this culminates to make her a great (top) IT Security influencer.

“Tanya is a huge contributor to both government and OWASP community involvement. She has a proven track record, and should be recognised for her appsec work and outreach to many different communities both in Canada and globally.”

mary jo

10. Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Associate Partner and cybersecurity innovation lead, Revnext

Mary-Jo de Leeuw is an Associate Partner and Cyber ​​Security / Innovation lead at Revnext. Mary-Jo de Leeuw has been fascinated by the world of 0-len and 1-nen from childhood. She played bloody with her Commodore 64 until she did not exchange it much later for the next “toy”: a Nintendo. In the last 25 years she has tried out, researched, manipulated and hacked virtually all the digital toys that are available. It is therefore not surprising that Mary-Jo (with appropriate nickname Mario) is the founder of the platform ‘Internet of Toys’. This platform is committed to standardization and quality marks of connected toys, issues on the cutting edge of laws and regulations and privacy issues.

She regularly publishes about this in various media. Mary-Jo de Leeuw loves tough discussions and likes to criticize the social (disorder) order because she thinks that, in the places that really matter to make the Netherlands digitally safer, Mary-Jo is also founder of the Women in Cyber ​​Security Foundation and initiator of the Cyber ​​workshop. In 2017, the Women Economic Forum proclaimed ‘Iconic Leader’ and elected Ethnic Businesswoman of the Year in the category ‘Entrepreneur’.

“She banned out Internet of Toys out of the Dutch stores by proving that connected toys are eavesdropping and recording all kinds of conversations within peoples homes: it is therefore not surprisingly that Mary-Jo founded the Dutch think tank Internet of Toys. A think and do tank where scientist, toys manufacturers and members of parliament meet and discuss the breaches within toys and also the lack of privacy legislation within it.

“She is the founder of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation and helped 1000 women ALL AROUND the world to become an example / inspire other women / speak up as a role model and helped them to take the stage, even in Dubai! * She is a true and inspiring role model for much much women you can not even count!”

Keren Elazari -Tel Aviv University

9. Keren Elazari, cybersecurity analyst and senior researcher, Tel Aviv University

Keren Elazari is an Israeli-born cybersecurity analyst and senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center with an emphasis on hackers and technology and their social implications. Her research interests include issues of hacktivism, information and cyber punk.

Keren’s research topics have been concerning the future of Cyber Security, Cyberpunk, Global Hacktivism, Innovation and Creativity learnt from Hackers, Biohacking and more. Her research works and writings about cyber security have been featured by Scientific American, WIRED, CNN, DEFCON and NATO, among others.

In 2014 Keren Elazari became the first Israeli female to give a TED talk. In her talk Elazari claimed that by exposing vulnerabilities, hackers and hacktivists push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.[4] Her speech was selected as one of TED’s most powerful ideas in 2014.

#2 danny dresner

8. Dr Daniel Dresner, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Daniel G Dresner is the Academic Coordinator for Cyber Security at the University of Manchester, and director and co-founder of The IASME Consortium which created a benchmark of cyber security governance achievable by SMEs, and helped to pioneer the Cyber Essentials. A consulting research analyst and lecturer Danny Dresner has described his mission as being to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.”

His nomination: “Daniel is an evangelist for useful standards and good practice. He nurses organisations through ISO/IEC 27001, and was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk. Daniel is a Fellow (and founder member) of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Before his current roles, Daniel was at The National Computing Centre for 22 years. He was architect of DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme, created the core of the original SANS training for BS 7799, edited the UK’s first national security breaches survey at NCC, and wrote the first international standards for source code escrow.

“Daniel’s contribution to new risk management guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre has been noted, and he is an active member of Information Assurance Advisory Councils North West cohort (and created its Northern Academic Liaison Panel). Daniel is also active in the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster and most recently revived The Ratio Club (an academic thought leadership group in which Alan Turing had participated). Daniel is now part of the Infrastructure and Academic Advisory Groups for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s aspirations for resilient, cyber secure, digital community and economy.

“His consultancy work spans public, private, and third sectors and varies from identifying the vulnerabilities (and how to fix them) of a small firm with responsibility for 7 million personal records to writing a definitive guide to cyber resilience for local government (on behalf of SOCITM). He has contributed to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC to explain the risks and opportunities of information systems to the wider community.

“When asked about ‘what best helped your learning?’ in Daniel’s cybersecurity lectures, a student replied, ‘His funny videos, jokes, exquisite dress sense. Most importantly, the way he applies his lessons to the real world in the form of stories, hard questions, exercises and news events. He also went through some hard work to get us guest speakers that could be beneficial for our careers. If that doesn’t show you that a person cares, I don’t know what would.’”

Matt Bishop, Ph.D. University of California, Davis

7. Matt Bishop PhD, University of California, Davis

Matt Bishop received his PhD in computer science from Purdue University, where he specialized in computer security, in 1984. He was a research scientist at the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science and was on the faculty at Dartmouth College before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis.

His main research area is the analysis of vulnerabilities in computer systems, including modeling them, building tools to detect vulnerabilities, and ameliorating or eliminating them. This includes detecting and handling all types of malicious logic. He is active in the areas of network security, the study of denial of service attacks and defenses, policy modeling, software assurance testing, and formal modeling of access control. He is interested in electronic voting, was one of the members of the RABA study for Maryland, and was one of the two principle investigators of the California Top-to-Bottom Review, which performed a technical review of all electronic voting systems certified in the State of California.

He is active in information assurance education. His textbook, “Computer Security: Art and Science”, was published in December 2002 by Addison-Wesley Professional. He teaches introductory programming, software engineering, operating systems, and (of course) computer security.

Theresa Grafenstine ISACA

6. Theresa Grafenstine, MD, Deloitte

Demonstrated excellence in executive leadership; leading change; developing high performing teams; managing innovation; bringing strategic foresight and delivering risk assessments to leaders at highest levels of public trust; and building international coalitions and partnerships.

Through her leadership roles as ISACA’s International chairman of the board, as a member of the AICPA board of directors, and as a founding member of the IIA’s American Center for Government Auditing, Terry has helped to advance the information technology, governance, internal auditing, and accounting professions and speaks globally on a variety of topics, including internal auditing, leadership, and cyber security.

Joyce Brocaglia - Alta Associates and the Executive Women's Forum

5. Joyce Brocaglia, CEO, Alta Associates and founder, Executive Women’s Forum

Her nomination in full:

“Joyce Brocaglia has displayed exemplary vision and leadership in the field of cybersecurity by placing Chief Information Security Officers and building world class, diverse teams. She has also dedicated her career to advancing women leaders in cybersecurity. Joyce successfully runs two businesses simultaneously. Alta Associates, which she founded in 1986, is the leading executive search firm specializing in Cybersecurity. It is almost unheard of for a self-funded recruitment firm to thrive for over 31 years, but under Joyce’s leadership Alta Associates continues to do so and was listed by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Recruiting Firms in 2017!

“The Executive Women’s Forum that Joyce founded celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2017 as the largest member organization that engages, develops and advances women in cybersecurity. Joyce is not only a leader of the two companies she founded, she is considered one of the foremost leaders in the cybersecurity industry regarding workforce and women’s leadership issues. Joyce is the kind of leader that is authentic, approachable and generous with her knowledge and network.

“Joyce is truly a visionary in creating companies, engaging and developing leaders and creating programs and events that benefit individuals, corporations and the nation as a whole. Joyce had the vision to create a specialty of cybersecurity recruitment at the time that information security as a field was in it’s infancy. When the Russians hacked into Citibank in 1994, Alta Associates built the first ever information security organization and we they been placing Chief Information Security Officers and the teams that support them ever since.

“Joyce also had the vision to create an organization for women in cybersecurity at a time when no such thing existed! Joyce is a pioneer who has cared about women in our field long before others considered it. Joyce has given a voice and a community of trust to women in Security through the EWF. Joyce has created scholarship programs that have given 12 scholarships for Master’s Science degree to Carnegie Mellon, and PhD scholarships to University of Missouri and Purdue University as well as 100 Black Hat Scholarships to students In 2017 Joyce hosted a historic Women in Cybersecurity on Capitol Hill Public Private Symposium attended by 125 executive women.

It is almost unheard of for a self-funded recruitment firm to thrive for over 31 years, but under Joyce’s leadership Alta Associates continues to do so and was listed by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Recruiting Firms in 2017!

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4. Troels Oerting, head of global centre for cybersecurity, World Economic Forum

Troels Oerting, Group Chief Security Officer & Group Chief Information Security Officer at Barclays has been appointed 2017 Chairman of the Board at the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). The GCA is an international, non-profit organisation dedicated to confronting cyber risk and improving our connected world.

On his appointment Troels said: “I look forward to my year as Chairman of the GCA. Over the past year, since its inception in late 2015, tremendous strides have been made in development of projects that will have dramatic impact on the state of cyber security. Systemic cyber risk is an issue that every organisation – large or small, public or private – needs to address for themselves, their customers and to improve the digital world we all live in. The work GCA does is important for all.”

“Troels’ experience and wisdom are incomparable. His deep understanding of international law enforcement, systemic cyber risks, and financial institution concerns will enable him to lead GCA in its global mission. His passion to make a difference in cyber risk will ensure success.” Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO 

Oerting joined Barclays in 2015 and is responsible for protecting and enabling the organisation’s privacy and security across all platforms. He has deep experience in cyber security in both law enforcement and the private sector, holding various senior leadership positions with the Danish Police, including Director of Danish NCIS, National Crime Squad, SOCA and Director of Operations in the Danish Security Intelligence Service. He also spent 11 years at Europol.

“Thought leader in cybercrime and digital threats, former head of Interpol EC3 and Barclays, combines law enforcement with private sector experience”

Marci McCarthy -T.E.N.

3. Marci McCarthy, CEO and president, T.E.N.

Her nomination: Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N., an award-winning, woman-owned relationship-marketing company bringing information security executives and solution providers together through face-to-face events across the country. She is a driven, hardworking leader who dedicates all of her time and effort toward aiding the success and growth of the leaders and the up-and-comers in cybersecurity. It’s this attitude and spirit that has made T.E.N. the foremost provider of targeted, executive-level events for the industry throughout North America.

Marci has done an incredible amount of work throughout her career to uplift the information and cyber security industries, such as founding T.E.N.’s Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which many in the IT industry consider the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals. Marci also launched ISE® Talent, which specializes in the searches of executives and professionals in high-demand security industry skill-sets and specializations.

In addition to T.E.N., Marci endeavors to cultivate leadership, success, and growth in the cybersecurity industry. In 2016, Marci and the ICMCP created the Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program, providing $5,000 over two years to help women and minority students advance in cybersecurity and obtain certifications. She then joined the Atlanta Girls’ School Board of Trustees to contribute her extensive knowledge in leadership and cybersecurity to cultivate young girls’ minds and futures.

In 2017, Marci was named the Inaugural Advisory Board Chair for the NTSC, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that drives the national dialogue on technology security in the U.S. Marci is a sought-after speaker and moderator at a plethora of events focused on information security, STEM topics, women in security, and more. She endeavors to spread education and experience throughout these industries so they may grow and succeed to the fullest extent.

“Before joining T.E.N. I hadn’t seen many outstanding women leaders in the business world, let alone in technology. But working with T.E.N. I have witnessed Marci’s leadership, and as such am confidently nominating her for her passion not only for her career, but for inspiring and elevating women, minorities, and cybersecurity professionals. Marci gathers these “unsung heroes” together to honor their successes, proving their work is valuable and cultivating a successful future for the technology industry. She inspires with a pay-it-forward attitude; empowers her team to propel T.E.N.’s success upward; and elevates the importance of information and cybersecurity professionals.”

Chuck Brooks - General Dynamics Mission Systems

2. Chuck Brooks, Principal Market Growth Strategist, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Chuck’s a preeminent thought leader on cybersecurity and emerging technologies. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 500 million members. He is also an advisor to LinkedIn on cybersecurity and emerging technology issues. Chuck has published more than 150 articles and blogs on cybersecurity and technology issues and is a frequent featured speaker at conferences. Chuck has also judged five Government Security News Homeland Security Awards.

In both 2017 and 2016, he was named “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Chuck’s professional industry affiliations include being the Chairman of CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technology Committee, and as a member, Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Working Group. He is on the Advisory Board, Center for Advancing Innovation, and has also served as a Technology Partner Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chuck has served in government at The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. Earlier in his career he served a Special Assistant of the Director of Voice of America.

He also was an Auxiliary Police Officer for Arlington County , Virginia. Chuck was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a course on Homeland Security and Congress. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.

Terry Cutler - Vice-President of Cyber security at SIRCO Investigation and Protection

1. Terry Cutler, founder & CEO, Cyology Labs

Terry Cutler is a government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a certified ethical hacker), and former Vice-President of Cybersecurity at SIRCO Investigation and Protection, in Montréal, Canada. He specialises in the anticipation, assessment, and prevention of security breaches for governments, corporations, businesses, and consumers, as well as Internet Safety for Children.

As a multiple award-winning information security strategist for almost 20 years, Mr. Cutler has advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration. For the general public, he developed an effective online learning program arranged in modules and updated regularly to keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape in which “wild-west” internet bandits constantly seek and find ways to break into our lives.

Terry Cutler is a frequent contributor to media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.

Terry Cutler has coined the term Cyologist™ to describe what he does. His mission is to “help individuals and corporations protect themselves from data breaches and other online cyber threats through his videos, media appearances, coaching products and consulting services.”

Some of his COUNTLESS nominations:

“His ability to connect with his students and his talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior.

Terry is passionate about helping others and educating the public about a real and present danger. He is caring and down-to-earth. He’s willing to chat with you to find out how he can best help you.

“Terry has an Incredible track record and dedication to Cybersecurity, he exemplifies what are the best practices and approach to securing a company’s vulnerabilities.

“He is just fantastic at what he does. I had the opportunity to meet with him when I got frauded in one direction ticket scam and he was so helpful. He tried to help me in everyway possible.

“He has easily helped over a million people throughout the years; through his television appearances, his live social implications in schools, in industries and in diverse community group activities as well as on different media platforms and on the internet. Because of him, people are taking charge of keeping their own families & companies safe! He shares a lot of his knowledge for free. He’s always willing to help everyone at anything and at anytime! I am 60 years old and I can assure you that this man makes me and a million other older and younger viewers feel safer with all the knowledge he shares, he empowers us all. Terry Cutler is the “Real Thing”! He is also a great humanitarian! He deserves every possible award out there!”

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Ademola Lawal
Ademola Lawal
June 16, 2018 3:38 am

Congratulations to all the recipients especially Mr Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola. Its a long overdue recognition considering his support, dedication and contributions to the ICT and Cybersecurity.

Niran Oyekale
Niran Oyekale
June 16, 2018 3:58 pm

Congratulations AhA as you set the pace for others to follows. This is a well deserved recognition. I’m proud of you. Proudly Nigeria.

Emmanuel Whyte
Emmanuel Whyte
June 17, 2018 11:19 pm

Congratulations to Hakeem, you’ve been a pillar to government, sociaties, organisations and individuals like me on cyber security matters. It’s a recognition well deserved. Blessings

Jan Geirnaert
Jan Geirnaert
July 21, 2018 7:43 am

interesting – any slides or video available after the event?

Shyamsunder Panchavati
Shyamsunder Panchavati
August 21, 2018 4:23 am

Congratulations Cutler, Brooks, for being ranked #1 & #2 on the IFSEC Global Influencers 2018: Cybersecurity. I also congratulate Labbe, Lobley and others on the list. It is no mean achievement to be among the world top twenty.

The world owes the current high standards in cybersecurity to your great efforts.

Keep Rocking……..