Women Leaders in Cybersecurity: Closing the Gender Gap


October 14, 2016


Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012

See video from the event here. 

There is a growing need and considerable talent shortage for cybersecurity positions across industry sectors, thereby creating significant career opportunities.  It is well established that women are greatly underrepresented in cybersecurity careers generally and, specifically, in leadership positions within organizations in many sectors.   This is not a new problem.  Government and companies have long said they want to address this, but what really is being done and how can we improve to achieve quantifiable results?

The Women Leaders In Cybersecurity Conference at NYU on October 14, 2016, will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the numerous opportunities for cybersecurity careers and career advancement in various sectors, provide substantive discussions on emerging hot topics in the field, and encourage 360-degree mentoring and power-brokering as we bring together aspiring girls and young women, as well as seasoned professionals, to collectively address the issue of closing the gender gap in this important field.

This event is free of charge. RSVP by filling out this form or emailing CCS@nyu.edu.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Nasir Memon, Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Co-Founder, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Cybersecurity’s Women Leaders:  Closing the Gender Gap

Judi Germano, Senior Fellow, NYU Center for Cybersecurity and NYU Center on Law & Security; founder, Germano Law LLC; former Chief of Economic Crimes, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dist. N.J.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fireside Chat: Mission Critical — Building A Cyber Defense & Strategy

Brigadier General Jen Buckner, U.S. Army, Deputy Commander (Operations), Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command

with Judi Germano

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 p.m. Plenary Panel:   Interdisciplinary Approaches and The Future of Cybersecurity

Interdisciplinary panel featuring women leaders from Research & Innovation, Governance & Policy, and Strategy discussing cross-sector approaches to cybersecurity and where the industry is heading.

Moderated by: Nicole Friedlander, Special Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell; Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

  • Merritt Baer, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity; Founding Partner, coVenturr, LLC
  • Patricia Goforth, Executive Vice President, leader of Cyber Operations and Cyber Technology Center of Excellence, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Melody Hildebrandt, Cybersecurity Lead and co-founder of NYC office, Palantir Technologies
  • Kim Peretti, Partner, Co-Chair of Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team, Alston & Bird LLP

11:45 – 1:15 p.m. Networking Luncheon and Keynote Address: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Threats: Building a Cybersecurity Workforce

Introduction: Zachary Goldman, Executive Director, NYU Center on Law and Security, and Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law; Co-Founder, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

Keynote Presentation: Renee Forney, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy; Former Executive Director for the Department of Homeland Security Cyberskills Management Support Initiative

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Ask the Experts: Two concurrent sessions, one targeted to senior cybersecurity professionals and another targeted to entry-level and mid-career change candidates.  Bring your questions for these expert panels.

Breakout Session 1: Tools for Today’s Leaders

This session will focus on women in management and on boards: keys to success, recruiting talent and identifying opportunities, overcoming obstacles at senior levels, importance of 360 mentoring, and how to fill gaps in experience at senior levels.

Moderated by: Dr. Michele L. Malvesti, Professor of Practice in International Security Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Joyce Brocaglia, Founder and CEO of Alta Associates; Founder of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy
  • Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco
  • Katherine Fithen, Chief Privacy Officer, the Coca­-Cola Company
  • Diana Kelley, Executive Security Advisor, IBM Security

Breakout Session 2: Developing a Cybersecurity Career: Empowerment, Education and Opportunities

Focusing on how to enter cybersecurity careers and issues of mid-career change: identifying opportunities and matching them to your talents and interests, taking risks, education, mentoring, key areas of expertise and skills valuable for cybersecurity careers.

Moderated by: Catherine Lotrionte, Director of the CyberProject in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Lisa Foreman­-Jiggetts, Founder and CEO of Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
  • Emily Vacher, Director, Trust & Safety, Facebook; Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
  • Kevin Zerrusen, Managing Director, Security Incident Response Team, Goldman Sachs; Former Foreign Service Officer,U.S. Department of State

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Fireside Chat:  Confronting Cyber Threats in a Business Environment

Phil Venables, Chief Information Risk Officer, Goldman Sachs

with Emily Poole, NYU School of Law, Class of 2018; Cyber Scholar, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Plenary Panel: Cybersecurity and Coordinating the Regulatory Landscape

Moderated by: Danielle Gray, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; former Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary in the Obama administration

  • Ann Barron-­DiCamillo, Partner & Chief Technology Officer at Strategic Cyber Ventures; Former Director of US-­CERT
  • Kendall Burman, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP; Former Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Sandie Ritucci, Vice President­-Technology, Goldman Sachs
  • JoAnn Stonier, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Governance and Privacy Officer, MasterCard

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception

Registration information

Please RSVP by filling out this form or emailing CCS@nyu.edu.