Our events, programs and benefits would not be possible without our Executive Committee and Board of Governors. Get to know them below.
Dr. Ambareen Siraj, WiCyS Founder, Executive Committee Board Member
DIRECTOR, CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER, TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
Dr. Ambareen Siraj is a professor of Computer Science and the founding director of Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC). She has served as the leader on several NSF and NSA education and workforce development grants. She has secured external grants totaling $7.6 million through 2020.
Siraj’s efforts to educate students and enhance the cybersecurity field of study goes beyond classes, research, outreach projects, workshops and conferences. She is very passionate about training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and encouraging women and other minorities to pursue an education in Computer Science and other STEM programs.
Dr. Siraj’s research focus is on security in cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, situation assessment in network security, security education and workforce development. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications.
She is a frequent speaker in various cybersecurity conferences on topics ranging from education, curriculum, workforce development, outreach, security issues & solutions for cyber-physical systems to diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity.
Dr. Siraj is recipient of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Exceptional Leadership in Education Award in 2018 and ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2020.
Find Dr. Siraj’s testimony to Congress titled “Developing the U.S. Cybersecurity Workforce” HERE where she addressed the Congressional House Committee on Science and Technology and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology in 2020.
The WiCyS Team
Lynn Dohm, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
Lynn Dohm brings more than 20 years of organizational experience to the WiCyS team. She has successfully aligned businesses, nonprofits and NSF-funded grants with their business goals and outcomes. As a solution-oriented strategist, Lynn focuses on nonprofits, facilitating process improvements, coordinating project management, and using resourceful operations to achieve strategic objectives.
Lynn has long been committed to cybersecurity education and for the last 14 years held active roles in grant-funded programs and nonprofits that assist in providing educational solutions for the cybersecurity workforce. She is passionate about the need for diverse mindsets, skillsets, and perspectives to solve problems that never previously existed. Lynn couldn’t be more proud to be surrounded by such committed women, male allies and advocates to bridge the gap in the cybersecurity workforce shortage through WiCyS initiatives.
In addition to Lynn being awarded Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity by Cyber Defense Magazine, Lynn is on the judging panel of IFSEC Global Influencers Security and Fire, an inaugural member of (ISC)2’s DEI Task Force, and on the advisory board for the Women in Cybersecurity – Beyond Borders. She has been interviewed on TV and radio throughout the nation and is a keynote presenter, panelist and moderator for multiple international conferences, events and organizations.
Lana richardson, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
COMMUNITY CARE MANAGER
Lana Richardson serves as the financial associate for Tennessee Tech’s CyberSecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC). Her responsibilities include: managing the financial operations of the center, its grants program and event planning. Lana has extensive experience in institutional proposal development and pricing, training, program development, and supervision from her 17 years with GTE/Verizon.
As WiCyS Community Care Manager, Lana handles the operational aspects of WiCyS affiliates. She also manages communications and logistics for conference sponsors in preparation of the annual conference. Lana also serves as the bookkeeper for the WiCys organization as well as the “and other duties” and “go to” person for the staff.
Morgan Garland, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
Morgan Garland brings a background in event planning and non-profit work to the WiCyS team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University. Her undergraduate studies are in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to her work with WiCyS, Morgan worked for the American Cancer Society working with volunteers to help drive the mission and raise funds to end the fight against cancer.
In her role with WiCyS, Morgan is responsible for implementing programs, projects and activities designed to increase, retain and support members within the communities of the nonprofit.
rian sondag, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
Rian Sondag is a recent graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in Theater. Prior to joining the WiCyS team, she worked as a support specialist for the National Training Program hosted by Federally Employed Women– an organization focused on the equitable advancement of women in the federal service. She is excited to utilize her nonprofit and event planning experiences to further her passion of supporting and uplifting women in their professional development.
WiCyS Board of Governors
Dr. Janell Straach, Chair of the Board, Executive Committee Board Member
FACULTY, RICE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Janell Straach has a diverse background including academic and industry experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in CS degree from Angelo State University, a Master of Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University, an MBA from The University of Dallas and a Masters and PhD from UT Dallas. Her PhD research was in intelligent systems and recent work has focused on CyberSecurity. Prior to her current assignment with Rice University, she was a member of the faculty at UT Dallas in Richardson, TX. Before her academic assignments, she worked in industry for IBM and a large electric/gas utility organization. She has taught at the college, university and corporate level. Janell’s passion is recruiting and retaining females into technology careers.
Video Link: Dr. Janell Straach – Meet the Prof
Dr. Costis Toregas, Treasurer, Executive Committee Board Member
DIRECTOR, CYBER SECURITY AND PRIVACY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages scholarship programs and research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies. He is the IT Adviser to the Montgomery County MD County Council, a board member of the National Cyber League and a Senior Adviser to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.
Dr. Dawn M. Beyer
SENIOR FELLOW, LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE
Dr. Dawn Beyer is a Lockheed Martin (LM) Senior Fellow. She has over 29 years of experience covering information technology security, information assurance, security engineering, cybersecurity, systems engineering, military intelligence and operations, risk assessments, strategy, and policy development and execution. She provides consultation to research and development, proposal, program, and operations and maintenance teams. She also provides guidance, direction, leadership, training, and mentoring to Engineers.
Dr. Beyer is a cyber leader in LM and Industry. She provides leadership with the visibility into cyber strategy, workforce talent, technology, capabilities, risks, policy, and opportunities. At LM, Dr. Beyer is the LM Cyber Fellows Action Team Chair. She also engages in industry exchanges and Co-chairs the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Cybersecurity Division and is a member of the INCOSE Systems Security Engineering (SSE) Working Group, and a LM Representative to the NDIA SSE Committee. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.
Dr. Beyer is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with 24 years of service and has performed additional responsibilities as an Information Systems Security Manager, Computer Systems Security Officer, Communications Security Manager, Operations Security Manager, and Emissions Security Manager.
Dr. Beyer earned her Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Information Systems. Her Dissertation and Thesis centers around Cyber and Information Warfare. She maintains the following certifications:
Project Management Institute’s Program Management Professional (PMP)®, (ISC) 2 ’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)® and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)®, and ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)®.
VICE PRESIDENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AT FACEBOOK
Jenn Henley is Vice President, Infrastructure at Facebook supporting a global organization of Technical Program Managers. This organization partners to maintain and advance Facebook’s Infrastructure in creative and strategic ways, balancing fast execution with long term strategy and vision. Jenn also created, spearheaded, and is one of the executive sponsors of Facebook’s Return to Work Program. This program works to support those who have taken a two year or more break in their career reentering the workforce.
Previously, Jenn worked in the Information Security team within Facebook as Security Operations Director. In this role, Jenn was responsible for strategic leadership and planning across the entire Security department along with leading and deploying the Security mission, strategy, and vision across all of Facebook and externally. In addition, she was responsible for all day to day operations of the department including budgeting, hiring, communications, and operating rhythms to drive the heartbeat of the team.
Jenn has also served as Chief of the Staff to the CISO at PayPal and the CIO at eBay, Inc prior to joining Facebook.
Jenn graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA with a BA in Communications, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from BayPath University.
SENIOR MANAGER, INFORMATION SECURITY, PALO ALTO NETWORKS
Prajakta Jagdale (PJ) manages the Red Team program at Palo Alto Networks and is focused on ensuring the security of the company’s infrastructure. Her red teaming success can be attributed to the 7+ years as an application security researcher at Hewlett-Packard. During this period, her research on vulnerabilities in web technologies like JAVA, SQL, Flash, HTML5 and others contributed towards a software product designed to mimic a human hacker. Then as a product security architect at Intuit, she spent her time identifying and demonstrating, to architects and engineers, the exploitable security flaws in designs of complex, large-scale network and software infrastructures responsible for delivering the financial, accounting and tax preparation services.
Over the years, Prajakta has had the opportunity to present her work at several security conferences including Black Hat Federal, RSA Europe, Shmoocon, InfoSec World and others.
FOUNDER AND CTO, SECURITYCURVE
Diana Kelley’s security career spans over 30 years. She is Co-Founder and CTO of SecurityCurve and donates much of her time to volunteer work in the cybersecurity community, including serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, as CTO and Board member at Sightline Security, Board member and Inclusion Working Group champion at WiCyS, Cybersecurity Committee Advisor at CompTIA, and RSAC US Program Committee. Diana produces the #MyCyberWhy series, hosts BrightTALK’s The Security Balancing Act, and is a Principal Consulting Analyst with TechVision Research and a member of The Analyst Syndicate. She was the Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft, Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security, GM at Symantec, VP at Burton Group (now Gartner), and a Manager at KPMG. She is a sought after keynote speaker, the co-author of the books Practical Cybersecurity Architect and Cryptographic Libraries for Developers, has been a lecturer at Boston College’s Masters program in cybersecurity, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year, and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.
Jay Koehler is a cyber security professional with 20 years of experience at Cisco in technology and people. Jay’s career started as a software engineer and grew into a senior manager of cyber software engineer.
With her unique experiences and backgrounds, and early on realizing there was a need for more diversity in the world of tech, she transitioned her focus to diversity, equity and Inclusion (DEI). Jay implemented her vision to bring a holistic DEI and talent strategy program to the Security and Trust Organization at Cisco. In this role, she focused on cultivating, recruiting, and developing security talent, while also working towards an environment that fostered inclusion and belonging to all. Jay addressed challenges faced by women in the workplace, created support for early in career, developed programs to bridge the cyber skill gaps, and was a valued consultant to c-suite and executive leaders on DEI and talent strategies that spanned the broader enterprise.
Jay’s passion for people, diversity, and helping others is evident in her support of Women in Cybersecurity, Diversity Women’s Leadership, Athena of the Triangle, and Women Business
Jay has a a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee.
VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL ENTERPRISE CYBER SECURITY OFFICE UNITEDHEALTH GROUP/OPTUM
Allison Miller serves as the Vice President of UnitedHealth Group’s Global Enterprise Information Security Office. Allison has accountability for the Enterprise Information Security Officers for the Group, Security Incident Response/Technical Investigations, Security Policy and Global Cyber Regulatory Programs. In her existing role, Allison has developed a global security framework for the enterprise with a focus towards patient safety, security of clinical operations and a global cyber crisis response plan.
Prior to her role with the Global Enterprise Information Security Office, Allison served as the Director of National Healthcare Compliance for UnitedHealthcare, Chief Privacy Officer for OptumHealth and Deputy Privacy Officer, National Privacy Director for UnitedHealthcare.
In addition to Privacy and Security, Allison has over 20 years of experience in health information systems and crisis management. During her tenure at UnitedHealth Group, Allison developed systems to identify the gaps in care and predict health outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions. Allison is a volunteer EMT and First Responder in the State of Louisiana serving residents during Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Most recently, Allison had the privilege of serving Refugees in Greece providing healthcare support to the clinics on the frontlines.
Allison’s undergraduate (BA) studies were in Political Science and Sociology; she has completed Executive Education & Management post-college at Wharton, Kellogg Executive Education and MIT Sloan. She was part of the cohort that authored and attained the ISC2 Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Professional Certification and holds her HCISSP, in addition to holding certifications from GIAC, ISACA, HCCS and other technology areas of focus beyond security.
Allison continues to volunteer her time across organizations to help raise the level awareness regarding emerging cyber security landscape and the threats they present to patient care globally.
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AT NIKE, INC.
Noureen Njoroge is a passionate Cyber Security Professional with vast experience in multi-faceted, complex, fast-paced environments in the public and private sector. Noureen excels in Threat Intelligence with proven leadership experience on issues concerning security and data privacy to technical groups and business stakeholders. She works at Nike as a Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence. She is a Critical thinker, astute problem solver, and an effective translator between technical and nontechnical entities in Cyber security.
Noureen is a global keynote speaker, the award winner of 2020 Cybersecurity Woman of the year by Inteligenca, Cisco 2019 Cybersecurity Champion and is listed among the Top 30 Most Admired Minority Professionals in Cybersecurity by SeQure World Magazine, UK. Noureen is a people’s leader and very passionate in mentoring others. She is the owner of the Mentor & Mentee women in Cybersecurity group on LinkedIn, Founder of the Global mentoring program and the president of North Carolina Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Affiliate chapter.
Noureen Njoroge has continued to be the advocate for many women and others in the IT industry. Noureen sets an example for others to follow in her hard work to keep ahead of the pack in a rapidly changing industry, her commitment to generously share insights on an ongoing basis, and her desire to help clients protect their business and their data in a complex and uncertain world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and a graduate of the Cybersecurity program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
DR. GREG SHANNON
CHIEF SCIENTIST, CERT® DIVISION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INSTITUTE (SEI), CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Dr. Greg Shannon is a computer scientist with diverse experience and a leading expert in science, technology, and policy for cybersecurity. He recently served in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and has testified before Congress on cybersecurity, science for security, critical infrastructure, resilience, and cyber threats. He served as the first Chair of IEEE’s Cybersecurity Initiative and the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy.
Dr. Shannon received a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Sciences at Purdue University, with a fellowship from the Packard Foundation.