Award Criteria

Selection of the FAST Award will be based on the following criteria. Recipients will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in three of the five categories.


  • Demonstrated leadership by taking bold strides to advance within the industry, despite roadblocks and challenges.


  • You have continued to pursue your dreams and career goals with upmost dedication by using every opportunity to advance your career.


  • Your passion and zeal for learning is demonstrated through active engagement within the community, social media presence or at your work or study environment.

Academic Progress

  • You have enrolled in a recognized cybersecurity program, received a certification or recently graduated from a recognized cybersecurity program across Canada or through a recognized online cybersecurity training provider.


  •  Your contributions are evident by your advocacy and support for other women and minorities within the industry.  Either through a workplace or study place initiative such as mentoring, coaching or other means you are helping others to succeed in this industry.




  • Meeting aspects of three of the five criteria listed above
  • WCS2 Student or Professional Member
  • Resident or citizen of Canada
  • Must reside in Canada
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • You identify as a a woman
  • Have enrolled in full time or part time learning program over the last 6 months.
  • Spending at minimum 20 hours per month advancing your career.