This year's winners by categories:
Diversity Champion - Tanisha Turner
Male Ally - Lee Reiber
Read our blog for an overview of the evening gala and for more on the Top 10 Finalists.
The Diversity Champion award is granted to diverse individuals who routinely champions women and diversity in the security and technology sectors through active works of charity, mentoring, support or through economic or other career and industry opportunities.
We wish to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women through the FAST Award. Currently, women make up only 10-25% of the security and technology workforce. Through an increase in diversity and further inclusion, we hope more women will enter these fields and retention rates will increase. In Canada, research shows 50% of women drop out of technology fields within the first four years of their careers.
Selection of the FAST Award will be based on the following criteria. Recipients will have demonstrated excellence in one of the five categories below.
Your contributions are evident by your advocacy and support for other women and marginalized groups across the industry. Through mentoring, coaching or by helping others succeed.
Demonstrated leadership by taking bold strides to advance within the industry despite roadblocks and challenges.
You have enrolled in a recognized cybersecurity program, received a certification or recently graduated from a recognized cybersecurity program through a recognized online cybersecurity training provider. This includes training from our digital learning platforms.
You have continued to pursue your dreams and career goals with upmost dedication by using every opportunity to advance your career or that of others.
Are you a supporting organization for women and marginalized groups within the cybersecurity industry and would like to become an award sponsor? If so, use the button below to contact us.
Your passion and zeal for learning is demonstrated through active engagement within the community, social media presence or at your work or school/study environment.
We've create a 'Male Ally' category. This award will be presented to a man who has demonstrated unwavering support and advocacy for women within the industry. He can be a teacher, mentor, co-worker, industry professional or anyone you feel qualifies for this award. Male allies are integral to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and community.
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