Impactful Women in Security, 2024


Michelle Drolet

In the dynamic realm of cybersecurity, where threats loom large and stakes are high, one individual stands out as a beacon of innovation and resilience. Meet Michelle Drolet, the founder and CEO of Towerwall, a visionary leader who has carved her path through the digital landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

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Ibukun Emmanuel-Adebayo

Ibukun Emmanuel-Adebayo is a seasoned professional in the realm of IT, InfoSec, and Information Security Risk, boasting an impressive 23 years of experience within the industry. Her journey commenced as a hardware engineer, delving into the intricacies of assembling and troubleshooting PCs. However, it was a pivotal moment in 2002 when she encountered the NIMDA worm infecting servers within her network that catalyzed her trajectory into information security.


Mari Galloway

Mari Galloway, the vibrant force behind Cyberjutsu, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and minorities in the tech and cybersecurity realms. Affectionately known as the “Cyber Ninja” on LinkedIn, Mari’s journey from a Network Engineer to a pivotal figure in the security sector is nothing short of inspiring. 


Simonetta d’Ottaviano

Simonetta d’Ottaviano, a trailblazer in the realm of personal cybersecurity, currently serves as the co-founder of Nettoken, a London-based startup revolutionizing the way everyday internet users safeguard their digital lives. With a mission to democratize cybersecurity, Simonetta and her team at Nettoken have introduced an innovative password manager designed to bridge the gap for households left vulnerable in the digital age.

Cyber IS

Taminda Polle

A lot has changed in cybersecurity over the past 20 years – threat levels has escalated, breaches are almost daily, cyber criminals are getting smarter and sneakier, and the industry is opening up to embrace the skills and talents of women.  Cyber security is typically considered a space dominated by spectacled, young men in dark rooms sitting behind multiple screens. These stereotypes hinder the entry of more women in cybersecurity.

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