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July 2006

The XX Factor

What 'glass ceiling'? Women are landing top-notch security positions. At a major security conference a couple of years ago, three of the nation's top information security leaders convened to meet the press. All of them were women. "We looked at each other and said, 'Well, that's odd.' Then we all smiled because, really, not that long ago we would have been the only ones in a sea of men," recalls Lisa "LJ" Johnson, the CISO for Nike, who was one of that notable trio. As the role of the security executive has grown from that of a pure technologist to a risk strategist, so have the ranks of women in companies' infosecurity programs. Now, strong communication, program and project management skills are highly valued. An Executive Decision At the first Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management in 2003, women executives raised a glass, so to speak, to shattering glass ceilings. The brainchild of Joyce Brocaglia, who is the CEO of information security recruiter Alta Associates, the EWF has since ...

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