Cybersecurity Divas was formed to promote the accomplishments of women in cybersecurity. The “Divas” in Cybersecurity Divas stands for “Driven women who are Inspirational and Visionary that take Action in Security.”
The criteria for being included in this list includes: mentoring and leading an operational security team for at least five years; contributing to the industry through conference participation, speaking engagements, association participation, publishing articles or papers; and being well-respected in the industry.
The Cybersecurity Divas’ list currently contains 250 of the most accomplished women across the security domain, and many of these women are in leadership positions such as chief information security officers and directors of security positions.
Amelia Estwick is a cybersecurity professional with more than 20 years of combined military and government IT experience within the United States intelligence community. She has held multiple technical leadership positions within the government and spent 10 years directly leading strategic and tactical cyber operations. Estwick’s research in cybersecurity and computer science focuses on global threat intelligence, network security, and information security. She is currently the director of the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College where she provides thought leadership for the College’s cybersecurity initiatives.
As an educator, Estwick lectures on a variety of cybersecurity and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics of interest as they relate to education, national defense, and public policy. She’s quoted frequently in print, online, and cable media. She is passionate about educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and currently co-chairs the United States National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative.
The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is an academic and workforce development center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the employment challenges within the cybersecurity workforce.
Collaborating with both public and private industries, NCI is leading a coordinated effort to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cybersecurity education and policy. NCI targets the development of effective cybersecurity practice in several sectors, including health care, finance, critical infrastructure, and national defense.