WOMCY and WISECRA to launch the 2nd edition of “Top Women in Cybersecurity – Latin America 2021” on International Women’s Day.

Miami – March 8th, 2021. LATAM Women in Cybersecurity (WOMCY) and Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), are pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd edition of ‘Top Women in Cybersecurity – Latin America 2021’.

Following the success of the 2020 edition when 50 prominent women in cyber security across the Latin American region who have made significant contributions were recognized, this 2nd edition promises to continue to showcase professionals who have advanced the industry and shaped the path for future generations of professionals among other vital contributions. This initiative officially opens for nominations on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid changes in the world of cybersecurity. Adding to the pressure, security professionals have had to address the transition to remote work within extremely short timelines, according to ISC².  Despite COVID-19 and economic pressures, organizations plan to increase cybersecurity staffing over the next 12 months, while gender disparities continue to be evident.  WOMCY’s programs target the development of talent in order to help close the cybersecurity shortage and promote more diversity in the industry.

As stated by Leticia Gammill, President and Founder of WOMCY, “Continuing to promote diversity in cybersecurity is the priority for our organization. Throughout the last year, we have made an impact in thousands of individuals who attended our programs and completed the cybersecurity courses and certifications promoted by WOMCY.  We are making cybersecurity accessible to more women and positively impacting their growth in Latin America”.

We encourage you to recommend those women who deserve the honor of leading the future of cybersecurity in Latin America. As Bonnie Butlin, International Coordinator of WISECRA, a global network of professional women in the security & resilience disciplines, stated, “It is more important than ever to recognize the successes among us, which serve to bring us together and encourage us to reach greater heights”.

Nominations are open to the public effectively on March 8th, 2021 and must be made by submitting an application in Spanish, English, or Portuguese by May 8th, 2021. To apply or submit an application, please go to Top Women in Cybersecurity 2021: https://rb.gy/m16icq

A diverse panel of judges consisting of ten executives from Latin America and the US will evaluate the candidates following a criteria to determine the social and professional scope of their contributions in cybersecurity. WOMCY and WISECRA Regional and Country Leaders are ineligible. The ‘2021 Top Women in Cybersecurity – Latin America’ judges include:

  1. Leticia Gammill, Founder & President of WOMCY

https://www.linkedin.com/in/letigammill/

  • Lieutenant Colonel Milena Realpe Diaz, Head of Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense at the Escuela Superior de Guerra, Colombia

https://www.linkedin.com/in/milena-elizabeth-r-7250901a3/

  • Victoria Beckman, Lead Digital Crimes Unit Americas, Microsoft

https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriabeckman/

  • Gabriel Bergel, Chief Security Ambassador of ElevenPaths, (ISC)² Board of Directors

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielbergel/

  • Mariana Cardona, Program Officer, Cybersecurity Program, OAS – Organization of American States

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariana-cardona-clavijo/

  • Elisa Ball, Director of Human Resources, Latin America, of Fortinet

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ballelisa/

  • Alexandre Murakami, Director Cybersecurity Business Unit, Logicalis

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-murakami-b894965/

  • Cristina Hernandez, Operations Director, Scitum

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chernandezf/

  • Paula Papis, Founder CybersecurityGirls Brazil

https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-papis-0043114/

  1. Pablo Correnti, Vice-President of CAPSI

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pablocorrenti/

The winners will be announced on June 18th, 2021, at a virtual ceremony hosted by WOMCY. We invite you to follow the upcoming announcements on the ‘Top Women in Cybersecurity – Latin America, 2021’ initiative.

About LATAM Women in Cybersecurity (WOMCY)

WOMCY is a non-profit organization – made up of women – with a focus on the development of Cybersecurity in Latin America. The primary objective of WOMCY is to minimize the knowledge gap and increase the talent pool in Cybersecurity across Latin America. WOMCY offers programs for the Enterprise Segment, Education Segment in Schools and Universities, and Foundations, as well as a network of professionals in Cybersecurity in Latin America.

About Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA)

The Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA) is a sub-network of the Security Partners’ Forum. WISECRA is a non-hierarchical, non-outward facing “plug-and-play” Agile Network that brings together various women in security & resilience entities from across the globe to network and share best practices. WISECRA cuts across all sectors of security & resilience.