Women in AppSec @ AppSecUSA 2016
11%  of the information security
workforce is women.*

*According to (ISC)2’s recent study on women in the information security workforce
That 11% hasn’t increased over the past two years. The lack of diversity in the industry is hampering the success of organizations that can only benefit from women’s perspectives and skills.
What we’re doing about it
  • The OWASP Foundation’s Women in AppSec (WIA) Program (launched in 2011) provides merit-based funding for women to attend participating OWASP AppSec conferences.
  • WIA works to break the barriers holding women from entering the industry through sponsorship, educational resources and inspiring networking programs and events.
  • WIA encourages female students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, instructors, military personnel transitioning out of service, and professional working women to expand their skills and pursue a career in application and/or information security.
    October 12th @ 5:00pm
    Network with like-minded industry professionals
    Hosted by:
    October 13th @ 12:00pm
    Engage with mentors in the field over lunch
    Meet our mentors below!
    October 14th @ 9:30am
    Plan for future conferences and driving the WIA initiative
WIA is is offering sponsorships for AppSec USA 2016 to women transitioning from development and security based jobs in the military to related careers out of the military. To be eligible, you must be leaving the military within the next 6 months or have been out of the military for less than one year. Apply for sponsorship consideration here.
Luncheon Mentors
Bev Corwin
Chapter Leader, Volunteer
OWASP Foundation
10+ years in the AppSec industry
Johanna Curiel
Developer/Security Engineer/Researcher
10 years in the AppSec industry
Promoting Cyber security for a safer society

Johanna Curiel(41) is an Independent Security Engineer/ Developer and Researcher, a passionate OWASP volunteer and freelance writer for TechBeacon, a Hewlett Packard Enterprises Software initiative that focuses on information that really matters for competing effectively in business without compromising on editorial integrity.

Johanna finalized her Bsc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Curacao(Dutch Caribbean) in 2000 but decided early on to follow her passion and start a new carrier in Information technology as Software Developer. Between 2005-2007, she worked for SafeBoot as a software developer, a hard disk encryption company established in USA and Europe, which was later acquired by McAfee. Nowadays is part of Intel. This experience marked her carrier path in cyber security by motivating her to pursue a Msc. in Security Engineering at Liverpool University which she finalised in 2009, the same university that Edward Snowden studied to get a degree from.

Johanna has presented open source projects at cyber security conferences such as BlackHat(2014) and DEFCON(2016) in Las Vegas (US), is an active participant during OWASP Project summits in Europe and USA. She collaborates with ethical hackers in Iran, has been student mentor though the Google Summer of Code program  and works with security experts on innovative projects to improve security.

Michelle Durante
Account Manager
Piper Enterprise Solutions
3 years in the AppSec industry
Over three years of experience partnering with, studying market trends, and providing consulting for Information and Cyber Security Decision Makers and Professionals in the DC Metro Area. Specialty in the fields of Talent Acquisition, Staffing, Managed Services Programs, and Career Development. I am an IT Enthusiast and an Award Winning Technical Recruiter, who loves going to Information and Cyber Security events, workshops, and startup meetup groups. I enjoy reading career search and industry growth analytics, reports, and blogs. I am also a Vice Chair for Women in Technology in the DC Metro Area, a member of NoVa Hackers, and an active Alumni for the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.
Chief Cyber-Security Strategist, ESP
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company
20+ years in the AppSec industry

Cindy Cullen is a Chief Cyber-Security Strategist within the Enterprise Security Product business unit at HPE. In this role, Ms. Cullen is responsible for driving strategic initiatives for the ESP Security Strategy group and providing thought leadership and insight regarding the ever changing global threat landscape.

Ms. Cullen has over 20 years of experience leading cybersecurity and information risk programs. Cindy is President of the NJ Chapter of (ISC)2, is an ICIT Fellow advising congress and staff on cybersecurity issues, was CISO at Telcordia/Bellcore, VP of IS at Citi, CTO at SAFE BioPharma and designed an S- SDLC process for Bristol Myers Squibb. She served on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School Board for 9 years include as VP and President. Cindy is an in demand speaker with experience at national & international venues (i.e. NIST, OWASP, RSA, …)

She received the Digi Award for industry leadership for the pioneering use of interoperable digital identities by National Cancer Institute, Bristol Myers Squibb and Sanofi, reducing the cost and time required to get critical medicines to market more quickly. Cindy’s leadership and innovation were recognized by the White House initiative on National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyber Space (NSTIC) winning the Computer World’s Computer Laureate Award 2012.

Ashley Holtz
Services Technical Operations
10 years in the AppSec industry
Ashley Holtz is a programmer, consultant, and researcher in Washington, DC. She focuses on computer security and forensics applications. In her free time, Ashley is a professor and is the Outreach Director at DC Web Women where she organizes events to education women and children in STEM fields.
Wasif Shakeel
Vice President of Cyber Defense
Defense Point Security
10 years in the AppSec industry
Mr. Shakeel, Vice President of Cyber Defense, has over 15 years of hands-on years of experience in cyber security in its various disciplines including security operations, vulnerability management, and accreditation. In this capacity he has supported a number of federal and commercial entities including, DHS, CBP, ATF, USAF, Wells Fargo, and many others. Formerly, the Senior Director of Cyber Security for a large integrator, Mr. Shakeel managed a portfolio of cyber security programs in the federal civilian sector including DHS SOC, IRS CSIRC, CFPB Engineering Services, and many others. He has directly led programs including DHS SOC and Managed Services SOC where he has developed and implemented ground-breaking SOC processes, metrics, and cyber defense techniques. For Defense Point Security, Mr. Shakeel directs the Cyber Defense practice – which is composed of multiple SOC programs in the federal civilian, health, and commercial sectors – with hands-on support for customers and DPS employees to ensure services provided are highly innovative yet cost-effective cyber solutions.
Rinaldi Rampen
Director, Technology Risk
Fannie Mae
15 years in the AppSec industry