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Now is the Right Time to Be a Woman in Cybersecurity - ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSED - WALKINS WELCOME
Maplewood Lawn Conference Room
at Capital One Headquarters M2

1600 Capital One Drive, 6th Floor
McLean, VA 22102

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Thursday, July 11, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Category: Cyber & Technology SIG

Alarm bells are ringing about the low percentage of women (20%) in the cybersecurity workforce. According to CyberSeek, an initiative funded by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the DC Metro area had more than 44,000 cyber security job openings (Sep 2017-Aug 2018) and a very low supply of existing cybersecurity workers.

If women don’t go after careers in cybersecurity, the field is missing out on half of the population’s talent pool, and women are missing out on opportunities that can offer lucrative pay, job security—and the chance to lead the way for other women and girls. There are many paths to a cyber career where soft skills are valued equally, or even more, than technical skills.

Women in Technology’s Cybersecurity and Technology Special Interest Group and Capital One’s Women in Cyber are teaming up again to bring you a panel discussion about opportunities for women to start or advance their careers in cybersecurity. Along with first-time job seekers, career changers from all fields are finding their way into InfoSec. Companies need a range of skills on their security teams – including the ability to communicate effectively, collaborate efficiently and persuade decision-makers to make the right call. Increasing the number of women in cybersecurity broadens the spectrum of ideas brought to the table and strengthens every organization’s position in combating sophisticated attack methods. 
  • How can organizations use cybersecurity aptitude assessments and reskilling efforts to broaden their talent pipelines? 

  • How can you test your own aptitude for a career in cybersecurity, and how can you leverage your existing soft skills? 

  • How can you evaluate all the options for training and certifications to discover which path is right for you? 

Join us as we dive into answering these questions and more. After a brief introduction to set the scene, our panel of experts will discuss how they got their roles, lessons learned, and advice for those seeking to start or advance a career in cybersecurity. They will welcome your questions during a live Q&A session.


  • Simone Petrella, CEO, CyberVista
  • Janet Rathod, Senior Director, Cyber Analysis, Capital One
  • Hart Rossman, Director Global Security & Infrastructure Practice, Amazon Web Services 

  • Neill Sciarrone, Founder and President, Trinity Cyber
  • Travis Stanfield, Senior Director, Commercialization, Capital One
  • Sophie Webb-Lopez, Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Registration Fees

$10 WIT Members
$20 Non-Members

$25 Onsite

Pre-registration for this event is closed, but walk-ins are welcome.

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Hart Rossman is the Director for the AWS Professional Services Global Security & Infrastructure Practice. He founded the AWS Professional Services Global Security, Risk, and Compliance practice over 6 years ago and has taken on progressively greater scope of responsibility aligned with customer needs. He is a principal author for the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework Security Perspective and holds a number of cloud security patents from his time with AWS.

Prior to his work with AWS, Mr. Rossman was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security Services & Solutions at SAIC. In this role Mr. Rossman had oversight & responsibility for technology strategy, vendor relations & solution development, R&D, practice leadership for cyber security solutions; and provided customer support in solving all phases of complex information assurance-related problems.

He has been a Senior Research Fellow with the Supply Chain Management Center within the RH Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in the area of Global Supply Chain Risk Management for Information and Communication Technology.  Mr. Rossman has been named to the state of Maryland Governor's Workforce Investment Board Cyber Security Workforce Steering Committee as well as ISC2's Application Security Advisory Board and has been a named contributor to the CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors.

He has co-authored seminal academic papers in the cyber supply chain risk management discipline including "Building A Cyber Supply Chain Assurance Reference Model", "Assessing SCRM Capabilities and Perspectives in the IT Vendor Community: Toward a Cyber Supply Chain Code of Practice", co-authored NIST SP 800-64rev2, "Security Considerations in the System Development Life Cycle", and contributed to the book "X-SCM: The New Science of X-treme Supply Chain Risk Management".

He has earned a CISSP, CSSLP, received his B.A. in Communication from the University Of Maryland, College Park, and received his MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Simone Petrella has over 14 years of experience in information security and currently serves as CEO of CyberVista.  Previously she served as Chief Strategy Officer leading strategy and planning for the company and its development and delivery of cybersecurity training and education curriculums as well as workforce initiatives for executives, cyber practitioners, and continuing education.

Previously, Simone was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped to build the firm's commercial cyber fusion center practice, focusing on integrating all aspects of cybersecurity, general management, technology, and threat intelligence center design, development, and operations in the private sector.  Prior to that role, she led the firm’s all source cyber threat intelligence business in the national security and defense sectors, playing a critical role in helping Intelligence Community clients develop a strategy and program to address the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.  She ultimately helped grow the program into a $15M a year business, providing and overseeing over 100 analysts specializing in cyber intelligence, consulting, and analysis to the U.S Intelligence Community.  Her areas of expertise included predictive cyber intelligence based on an understanding of the threat adversary and developing service offerings to integrate intelligence into exercises to provide realistic cyber scenarios.  Simone received her J.D. from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and a M.A. in International Law and Policy.  She is a member of Women in International Security and is admitted to the New York Bar. A native of New Jersey, she has resided in Washington D.C. since 2000.

Janet Rathod serves as Senior Director, Cyber Operations and Intelligence, overseeing the newly established Cyber Fraud Team.  Her responsibilities include reducing cyber-enabled fraud, and integrating functions and processes across the enterprise.  

Prior to Capital One, Janet served as a Senior Executive in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with governance over the intelligence program for 56 Field Offices and all operational divisions.  Janet also served as an Executive Manager at the Washington Field Office with oversight over all Cyber and Counterintelligence Intelligence Analysts.  Janet began her career in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, where she completed tours with the FBI in Iraq and Afghanistan.  She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany.

Janet earned her masters in Public Administration at New York University and her bachelors in Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  She completed study abroad programs at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India.  She is a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow, and Presidential Management Fellow.

Marie O'Neill “Neill” Sciarrone is the Co-Founder and COO of Trinity Cyber LLC, a cybersecurity services provider that protects commercial organizations from today’s most advanced cyber threats.

Prior to launching Trinity Cyber, Neill served as the Senior Director for Strategy and Planning for BAE Systems Inc., where she developed and evaluated corporate strategy, business planning, and initiatives to promote growth for the BAE Systems’ US business.

Previously, while serving in the Federal Government, Neill was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Policy. Neill also held key roles for the White House Homeland Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Commerce.

Neill was selected as a 2016 member of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association’s (AFCEA) Intelligence Committee and was named one of the “2015 Top 10 Women Power Players in Cybersecurity” by SC magazine. Neill is an inaugural Presidential Leadership Scholar and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Travis Stanfield is a seasoned technology executive, with over 20 years of experience in technology design and development along with more than 10 years successfully leading teams. Travis was an award-winning engineer at Microsoft Corporation and he was a Senior Software Architect for a successful start-up venture that ultimately grew to nearly $4 billion in valuation. In addition to his work with start-ups, Travis has experience with enterprise technology operating at-scale while consulting for Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, Nasdaq and many others. Travis holds a MS in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M at College Station.

Ms. Sophie Webb-Lopez joined Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, on October 16, 2016.

Prior to joining CISA, Ms. Webb-Lopez served in multiple human resource functions in the Department of Defense to include starting her federal career in 2010, as an Employee Relations Specialist with the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. In 2012, she joined the Defense Contract Management Agency, an 18,000 military and civilian agency, as the Human Capital Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, where she assumed the responsibilities of setting the strategy for human capital policy, workforce planning, and human capital strategic planning for the Agency. Ms. Webb-Lopez has also served as the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Program Manager, for DoD AT&L, managing a $700M+ budget for DoD’s Acquisition Programs focused on training and development of the Acquisition Workforce.

Prior to joining the federal government, she had an accomplished career in private sector, serving as HR Director for Cumberland Hospital, an acute treatment facility in Richmond Va., a Senior Employee Relations Consultant for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and a Senior Human Resource Business Partner for Circuity City in Richmond, Va.

Ms. Webb-Lopez is a graduate of Lynchburg University with a duel Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Microbiology.