Presenting the 2024 Champions in Security Honorees

The Champion in Security Awards were founded to honor security leaders who embody certain values that make the security community and profession better for current and future practitioners. These cybersecurity awards seek to foster values that go far beyond the practice of security techniques and focus instead on the humans that power this critical discipline and without whom we would not have the strength to stand up to cybercriminals. 


Networking Reception
Opening Keynote

  Sylvia Acevedo, Board of Directors, Qualcomm, Frmr CEO, Girl Scouts of America, Author, Speaker

Champions in Security Awards Keynote:

  Kate Kuehn, Chief Trust Officer, AON Cyber Solutions

Awards Ceremony

Champion in Security Awards for Respect, Inclusion, Innovation, Collaboration, Community, and Future Generation.

Awards will be given to three CISOs and senior security leaders who embody the most important human values in our community. Each award category will be preceded by a short keynote by a security luminary.


  Troy Wilkinson, Global CISO, IPG

 Kurt John, Global CISO, Expedia Group

  Jon Callas, Director EFF, Co-Founder PGP

  Sameer Sait, Co-Founder Balkan ID, former CISO, Whole Foods Market

  Pavi Ramamurthy, CISO Upstart

  Bhawna Singh, SVP Engineering, Okta

  Leda Muller, CISO, Stanford University (Residential and Dining)


Networking Reception
Champion in Security: Respect

The Champion in Security Award for Respect honors the security leaders who foster kind and respectful behavior within their own organizations as well as in forums, industry groups, and security events. These individuals use their seniority and visibility to set an example for others and create meaningful rewards for kind and empathetic responses to challenging work scenarios.

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Tyson Kopczynski

CISO, Oportun

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Heather Hinton

CISO, Pager Duty

Champion in Security: Collaboration

The Champion in Security Award for Collaboration honors the security leaders who believe in stronger security through information sharing and collaboration. These leaders participate in peer groups that exchange security intelligence, share best practices, collaborate on common frameworks, disclose positive or negative experiences, and, most importantly, provide their peers with an inside look into their own challenges as well as solutions that have worked. These leaders believe that in order to beat one of us, attackers have to beat all of us.

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Surbhi Tugnawat

Managing Director, EY, Former CISO, SRI International

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Caroline Wong

Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt

Champion in Security: Inclusion

The Champion in Security Award for Inclusion honors the security leaders who organize their team to accommodate diversity, equality and inclusion principles to the fullest degree. These individuals actively solicit individuals from diverse as well as underrepresented groups and provide training to overcome barriers to equitable progress. These leaders recognize that as a community of practitioners, security has historically not been very diverse, and so they work hard to bring about significant change in how their teams are staffed and also to ensure that individuals from diverse backgrounds are welcomed, trained, and rewarded in a fair and equitable manner.

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Beth-Anne Bygum

Chief Security and Compliance Officer, Acxiom

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Chris Roberts

CISO, Boom Supersonic

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Chitra Dharmarajan

Sr. Director Security, Okta

Champion in Security: Innovation

The Champion in Security Award for Innovation honors the security leaders who understand that new ideas and innovation require sponsorship and safe spaces. These leaders actively seek out innovative ideas and provide air cover for their nurturing and development. These individuals support innovation by creating real-world feedback loops that help innovative ideas turn into practical solutions that can be deployed in the real world to address important security challenges.

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Michael Machado

Chief Data and Security Officer, Shippo

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David Neuman

Former CISO, Dell

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Rohit Parchuri

SVP & CISO, Yext

Champion in Security: Community

The Champion in Security Award for Community honors the security leaders who contribute meaningful effort towards bringing practitioners together. These individuals give their valuable time to build peer networks that become valuable sources of information, solutions to common problems, innovations, and support for the broader cybersecurity ecosystem. They create strong and much needed support systems for what is arguably among the hardest jobs in the enterprise.

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Izak Mutlu

Former CISO, Salesforce

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Ramy Houssaini

Chief Cyber & Technology Risk Officer, BNP Paribas

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Anshu Gupta

CISO, Span

Champion in Security: Education

The Champion in Security Award for the Next Generation honors the security leaders who recognize that young people live in a world fraught with far more cyber risk than prior generations and seek to inform and educate this generation on safety in the digital realm. These individuals create meaningful programs that offer hands-on training and education at schools and colleges. These individuals are either young people actively involved in cybersecurity or leaders fostering the inclusion of the younger generation.

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Ray Espinoza

CISO, Inspectiv

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Aman Sirohi


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Nikita Raman

Co-Founder/Intern, Portal26, Student, Presentation High School