The CyberWire holds annual Women in Cybersecurity event.
By Rachel Gelfand, Staff Writer
Oct 25, 2022

The CyberWire holds annual Women in Cybersecurity event.

The CyberWire hosted a reception last week highlighting and celebrating women in the cybersecurity industry.

On Thursday October 20, 2022, the CyberWire was pleased to host the annual Women in Cybersecurity Reception at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. This annual event brought together almost 300 people to highlight and celebrate the value and successes of women in the cybersecurity industry. A gallery of images from the evening can be found here

The panel.

The reception included an industry-led panel discussion called “The Hidden Impact of Cybersecurity’s Talent Gap on the Cyber-Enabled Community,” discussing cyber-enabled professionals who aren’t usually included in conversations around the cybersecurity skills gap. The panel, moderated by Simone Petrella of CyberVista, included perspectives from experts including Davida Gray of MindPoint Group, Jennifer Walsmith of Northrop Grumman, Kyla Guru of Bits N’ Bytes, and Amy Mushahwar from Alston & Bird.

The art.

The CyberWire saw a great response to the open call for artists in the greater Baltimore and DC region, and recognized at the event was a piece of art by Marcia Wolfson Ray entitled “Untitled 6,” selected as best representing the theme of the reception, “Creating Connections.” Ray explained that her piece relates to physics, saying that the idea of atoms colliding, forming a new bond, and energy releasing was representative of the women in the industry coming together, forming bonds with one another, and separating and returning home. Each attendee was given a print of the art, signed and numbered by the artist, to take home. Maryland Art Place once again coordinated the call for artists and facilitated the art reproduction through Full Circle Art Services in Baltimore.

The toast.

Each year, Kathleen Smith, CMO at ClearedJobs.Net and friend of the CyberWire who helped found the event in 2014, offers the champagne toast in our special edition flutes that attendees can take with them as souvenirs. Kathleen talked about the group coming back together after the trials and tribulations that the pandemic presented to us.

A thanks to our sponsors.

The CyberWire wishes to thank our sponsors. The reception’s Presenting sponsors were CyberVista, MindPoint Group, and Northrop Grumman. Platinum sponsors were Cooley, Juniper Networks, and Recorded Future. Gold sponsors were BlackCloak, Exelon, FTI Consulting, Kolide, Resilience Insurance, and T. Rowe Price. Silver sponsors were Ares Cyber, Cybrary, CyberMaxx, Cyber Mentor Fund, DataTribe, Ingalls Information Security, Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, Lewis, and MISI. Women-Owned Cyber Company sponsors were ClearedJobs.Net, Edwards Performance Solutions, and Katzcy. Non-profit sponsors were CAMI and Women of CyberJutsu.