The Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity of 2020

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The Software Report received hundreds of nominations and based on close evaluation of demonstrated leadership and professional capabilities, these are the most exceptional women in cybersecurity of 2020.

The Software Report is pleased to announce the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity of 2020. Hundreds of exceptional women were nominated in this year’s process. We evaluated each nominee based on a series of questions on the candidate's leadership and professional capabilities. The Software Report also conducted candidate evaluation based on company competitiveness within the broader cybersecurity industry and how the individual compared to the most exceptional executives. We looked for demonstrated cybersecurity expertise, longevity in the industry, career progression and current position among other factors.

It gives us great pleasure to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these deserving women in the demanding field of cybersecurity.

Topping this year’s list are Nicole Eagan, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Lisa Schreiber, Chief Customer Success Officer of Forcepoint, Jaya Baloo Chief Information Security Officer at Avast Software, and Hue Harguindeguy, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Analytics. Notably, Nicole has led Darktrace since 2014, positioning the firm to garner a loyal customer base while becoming an example of gender equality for the tech industry. Darktrace maintains a roughly equal number of male and female employees.

A few highly accomplished women gracing the list deserve special mention. They include Tia Hopkins, the Vice President of Global Sales Engineering at eSentire, Yael Ben Arie, the Vice President of R&D at Safebreach, and Ola Sergatchov, the Vice President of Corporate Strategy at GuardiCore.

Congratulations to each of this year's awardees. The full awards list may be viewed at

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The Software Report is a comprehensive source for market research and insights, business news, investment activity and corporate actions related to the software sector. Based in New York City, the firm is run by a seasoned team of editors, writers and media professionals highly knowledgeable on software and the various companies, executives and investors that make up the sector.

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