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The EWF would like to congratulate and thank the 2017 nominees for their compassion and tenacity of excelling in their field, and most importantly the influential impact they leave for young women entering the industry.
 

The Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy (EWF) is pleased to announce the 2017 Women of Influence Finalists. Co-presented by Accenture and Alta Associates, the annual Women of Influence Awards honor four women for their accomplishments and leadership roles in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy. The EWF will honor this year’s finalists and announce the winners at an awards ceremony held during the 15th Annual EWF National Conference, “Thrive In An Era Of Volatility, Uncertainty, And Ambiguity: Cybersecurity, Risk, And Leadership Solutions,” October 24-26, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch.

The Women of Influence awards recognize women in four categories: Public Sector & Academia, Private Solutions Provider, Corporate Practitioner, and One-to-Watch. Finalists are selected by a panel of judges from nominations submitted by the nominee's peers. Judges select the winners based upon a six-point set of criteria: A positive influence on the professional community, the application of creativity or innovation in solving problems or overcoming challenges, a demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards, a history of designing and implementing effective solutions, sustained record of accomplishments and contributions to the field, and service as mentor of trusted advisor to colleagues, students and others. Each year three finalists are announced from each category and an award is presented in each of the categories at the awards ceremony.

"The Executive Women’s Forum is proud to honor these remarkable women in the fields of Information Security, IT Risk Management, and Privacy," said Joyce Brocaglia, EWF Founder and CEO of Alta Associates. "The EWF would like to congratulate and thank the 2017 nominees for their compassion and tenacity of excelling in their field, and most importantly the influential impact they leave for young women entering the industry.”

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Corporate Practitioner 
-Lin Lu, SVP-Enterprise Operational Risk Officer, Freddie Mac 
-Radia Perlman, EMC Fellow, EMC 
-Nasrin Rezai, Global Chief Information and Product Cyber Security Officer, General Electric – GE

One-to-Watch 
-Sara Demeria, VP, Cyber Intelligence and Strategy, GE Digital 
-Stephanie Domas, Lead Medical Security Engineer, Battelle 
-Victoria Thomas, Information Security Awareness Program Lead, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Private Solutions Provider 
-Syamla Bandla, Vice President Global Cloud Operations & DevOps, Qualys 
-Sam King, SVP & General Manager, CA Veracode 
-Angela Messer, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Public Sector & Academic 
-Dr. Elisa Bertino, Professor, Purdue University 
-Deborah Hurley, Associate Faculty Director, Data Privacy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity, Brown University 
-Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/ Director of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy

For more information about the Women of Influence awards or the 15th Annual National Conference and how you can attend, please visit http://www.ewf-usa.com/.

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About the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy: 
Founded in 2002, the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is the largest member organization serving women leaders as well as the most prominent and influential women in information security, cybersecurity, IT risk management, governance risk and compliance and privacy. The EWF serves emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential women in our field by facilitating programs and events throughout the year including a national conference, regional meetings, leadership development and mentorship programs, as well as interaction with global thought leaders through an online community. For more information please visit http://www.ewf-usa.com.

About Alta Associates: 
Founded in 1986 Alta Associates is widely acknowledged as the leading boutique executive search firm specializing in Information Security, Cybersecurity, and IT Risk Management. Alta is recognized for their deep understanding of the information security industry and the drives that shape it. Having successfully partnered with global enterprises for 30 years, Alta has filled many of the most high profile Chief Information Security Officer roles and built world class Information Security, Cybersecurity and IT Risk organizations. Alta is well known for their ability to attract and deliver top tier executives and the teams that support them and is named as one of the top 50 executive search firms in the United States. For more information visit: http://www.altaassociates.com or call 908-806-8442

About Accenture Security: 
Accenture solves our clients' toughest challenges by providing unmatched services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. We partner with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. With expertise across more than 40 industries and all business functions, we deliver transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world. For more information visit: https://www.accenture.com.

CONTACTS: 
Mary Wei, Member Engagement Specialist, Executive Women’s Forum 
Email address: mary@ewf-usa.com 
Office: 312-525-3346

Melissa Rojas, Digital Marketing Specialist, Executive Women’s Forum 
Email address: melissa@ewf-usa.com 
Office: 312-525-3347