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Women in Security

Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation

  • Debra A. Christofferson

Part of the Women in Engineering and Science book series (WES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Debra Christofferson
      Pages 3-10
  3. Cyber Risk, Technology & Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Debra Christofferson
      Pages 23-46
    3. Evelyn de Souza
      Pages 47-52
    4. Ilene Klein
      Pages 53-58
    5. Jeani Park
      Pages 59-67
    6. Martha Daniel
      Pages 69-75
    7. Mary Ann Davidson
      Pages 77-81
    8. Miriam Fernandez
      Pages 83-90
    9. Pamela Fusco
      Pages 91-104
  4. Foundation for Newcomers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Juanita Agard
      Pages 117-122
  5. Alternative Careers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127

About this book


This volume examines core areas of development in security, emphasizing the pivotal contributions of women to the field’s evolution. The author first covers a broad spectrum of key topics, including how security is created, where innovation occurs, what the underpinnings are, and who supports it and how. After an overview of the field, female security professionals share their own stories of technology and innovation in security today; the foundation, where research is headed, and the emerging trends. Women currently make up a very small pocket of cyber security staffing – this book aims to increase the visibility of women in the field and their contributions and encourage other females to join the field. The contributors hold various roles from executive leadership, to engineers, analysts, and researchers.

Identifies technology and innovation achievements from women in security

Demonstrates the diverse segments, opportunities, and talents that make up the field of security

Presents developments and advancements in cybersecurity and showcases women who are leading the way


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Editors and affiliations

  • Debra A. Christofferson
    • 1
  1. 1.TempeUSA

About the editors

Debra A Christofferson is a 20 year Fortune 500 veteran in information security management and leadership. She is a published author, experienced speaker and trainer, and cyber security consultant. Though her background is primarily in the private sector, she also has experience in statewide government cyber security. She holds the two gold standard security certifications in the field: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). She is also a board leader for international associations that serve security professionals. She has published multiple articles on cybersecurity, such as a sample security risk management plan, security strategy framework, careers in technology, a CISSP brief, and was an editor of an internal technical newsletter for factory automation developer group at Intel. Her experience in speaking includes facilitating many panels for women in security and delivering talks as a subject matter expert at security conferences and events. In the two cyber security certifications she holds, she facilitated a certification exam prep workshop for the CISM, and she’s taught the CISSP workshop and study groups. She prepared and delivered a virtual series on the cloud security certification—the CCSK, and led study groups on privacy certification. 

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