Lisa Einstein, Kimberly Becan, Morgan Adamski, Esmeralda lyescas and Deborah Frincke bring unique insights to help advance women in cybersecurity.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Conference is proud to reveal the distinguished lineup of keynote speakers for the 2024 event, a gathering renowned for championing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in cybersecurity. Taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 11-13, the conference brings together over 2,000 women and allies in cybersecurity from academia, research, government, and industry.


Dr. Janell Straach, WiCyS Conference Chair, shares her enthusiasm: “We are thrilled to welcome such an incredible group of women to WiCyS 2024. Their journeys and expertise are not only inspiring but also serve as a guiding light for all women in cybersecurity. This year’s conference reached full capacity in record time, a clear indicator of its importance as a hub for empowering women in a field where their contributions are invaluable and increasingly recognized.”

Lisa Einstein will open the conference with insights from her tenure as Senior Advisor for Artificial Intelligence at CISA. Her session, “Embodying Trustworthiness: Lessons from AI for Women in Cybersecurity,” will weave together her experiences from Stanford to the Peace Corps, showcasing the importance of trust in technology and leadership.

Kimberly Becan of Fortinet will share her journey in “From Code to Command: Navigating the Journey from Network Systems Programmer to Product Marketing Leader in Cybersecurity,” an exploration of the transformative power of leadership and innovation in the cybersecurity landscape.

Morgan Adamski from the NSA takes the stage with “Bringing Unique Perspectives to National Security,” reflecting on her role as Director of NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center and emphasizing the impact of diverse viewpoints in national cyber defense strategies.

Esmeralda Iyescas, a WiCyS alumni and current software developer at Collins Aerospace, offers a personal narrative in “From WiCyS Student to RTX Leader: My Career Journey,” underscoring the profound influence of WiCyS in shaping the careers of women in the field.

Deborah Frincke, returning to where she first spoke in 2014, delivers the “10th Anniversary Keynote” at WiCyS 2024. With her extensive background at Sandia National Laboratories, the NSA, and within the U.S. Intelligence Community, Frincke will explore the dynamic evolution of women in cybersecurity.


WiCyS 2024 remains the cornerstone event for women and allies in cybersecurity from academia, research, government, and industry, committed to building a community that supports and promotes women in a dynamic and essential field.


Journalists are invited to attend and should email [email protected] to request a media pass. For more information on WiCyS or the conference, visit


About WiCyS
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is a nonprofit organization with international reach dedicated to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity. Founded by Dr. Ambareen Siraj through a National Science Foundation grant given to Tennessee Tech University in 2013, WiCyS offers opportunities, trainings, events, and resources for its community and members. Strategic partners include Tier 1: Akamai Technologies, Amazon, AT&T Cybersecurity, Bloomberg, Carnegie Mellon University – Software Engineering Institute, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Google, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Optum, Sandia National Laboratories, SentinelOne. Tier 2: Accenture, Adobe, DeVry University, Intel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., McKesson, MITRE, Motorola Solutions, Navy Federal Credit Union, Workday. To partner, visit

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