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September 2003

Women of vision: Honoring 25 outstanding women of IT security

At a security conference in San Diego last summer, a dozen security and IT professionals sat down for lunch, all of them women. It wasn't until a lone male delegate joined them that the others realized (or at least verbalized) that the table tilted heavily toward their gender. That prompted a middle-aged database manager from the Midwest to remark, "Now, this is something you don't see every day." Maybe not, but it's something we're seeing more often. Women are expanding their ranks and their responsibilities within infosecurity, impacting a traditionally male-dominated field. They're helping turn the corner on innovation, change policies and influence boardroom decisions. Information Security celebrates the contributions women are making by honoring 25 technologists, teachers, lecturers, lawyers and overall IT and business leaders who are shaping the industry. The five most influential women will receive our inaugural "Women of Vision Award" this month at the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security in Fort Myers, Fla. ...

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