Women in Cybersecurity Awards Africa 2020


The inaugural Women in Cybersecurity Awards Africa 2020 (WICA Africa) is the first of its kind award to honor cybersecurity professionals in Africa. The award will honor women who are making notable differences in the cybersecurity profession, their work and the industry as a whole. Helping African organizations, governments and the society be more digitally safe.

Currently, women represent only a minority of the workforce in the cybersecurity domain. The figures have increased over the years, but they are still far from reflecting a balanced representation of both genders. There are several reasons behind this lack of female presence. In addition to those in common with other STEM fields, we have to face the wide-spread perception of cybersecurity as a male-dominated and highly specialised IT field, thus, not an appropriate field for women to enter into. This situation calls for actions to contribute towards a cultural shift in
favour of a more inclusive approach that would be beneficial for the cybersecurity market and of the society as a whole. (Excerpt from “Women in Cyber: A Manifesto for Today” by Concordia and Women 4 Cyber)

Download The Press statement here

The WICA Africa 2020 will not only recognize leading women, and create role models of them, but also elevate their profiles and brands; strengthen and amplify their voice; uncover their vital contributions to the profession; call further attention to and foster the women’s agenda in the security industry; while being an affirmative step towards creating an “awards culture” in cybersecurity in Africa.

Awards Categories
The WICA Africa 2020 awards consist of the eight categories below:

  1. Cybersecurity Women Champion Award
    (for women doing significant work to support women get into and/or advance in cybersecurity)
  2. Outstanding Cybersecurity Woman Leader Award
    (for women who’ve made notable contributions in their leadership roles in organizations and/or
    industry initiatives)
  3. Woman Hacker of the Year
    (for women in red or blue or purple teaming who know their stuff and have had major success in
    technical work)
  4. Cybersecurity Woman Influencer Award
    (for women who have a unique, notable voice and are thought leaders in their domains)
  5. Cybersecurity Woman Entrepreneur Award
    (for women who’ve established, own and run cybersecurity companies in Africa)
  6. Cybersecurity Woman Sales and Marketer of the Year
    (for women working in sales and marketing in cybersecurity organizations in Africa)
  7. Woman Data Privacy and Law Professional of the year
    (for women with outstanding achievements in data privacy and cyber law domains in Africa)
  8. Company Cybersecurity Diversity Award
    (for companies that value and incorporate diversity in their security team)

Awards Schedule
The awards process has 4-steps that span August – October 2020, as below:
● Nominations:​ August 10th — September 12th.
● Shortlisting: ​September 10th – September 17th
● Judging:​ September 18th — October 16th
● Awards Gala:​ October 31st, 2020.

Judging Panel

  1. Dr. Bright Mawudor, Head, Managed Cyber Security Services, Dimension Data, East
  2. Aarti Gathia, Enterprise Sales Canada, US & APAC, Bugcrowd
  3. Matt Suiche, Founder & CEO, Comae Technologies.
  4. Vandana Verma, Global Board of Directors, OWASP
  5. Adeseyi Adeyemi, Data Protection Manager, Page Group UK
  6. Anna Collard, SVP of Content Strategy & Evangelist, KnowBe4 Africa
  7. Olumide Babalola, Managing partner, Olumide Babalola LP
  8. Tracy Maleef, Information Security Analyst , The New York Times
  9. Karissa Breen, Founder and CEO, Cybersecurity Media and Cyber Communications
    Specialist, KBI
  10. Fayaz Khadir, VP, Global Enterprise Architecture & Cyber Security, CBRE
  11. Charl Van der Walt, Head of Security Research, Orange Cyberdefense
  12. Debbie Reynolds, Founder, CEO, and Chief Data Privacy Officer, Debbie Reynolds
    Consulting LLC

Call to Action
We are calling all cybersecurity professionals in Africa to nominate their female peers, mentors, mentees and/or role models for this groundbreaking awards. Help us salute the people who fight back and the African women who’ve jumped into the fight to protect organizations and

Nominate here
NOTE: Nominations close on 12th, September 2020


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