NTT Ltd Announces Winners of Inaugural Northern Europe Women in Cybersecurity Awards

16 October 2019

Candidates from BAE and Barclays shine through in exceptional field of finalists

The Security division of NTT Ltd., the world-leading global technology services provider, today announced the winners of its inaugural Women in Cybersecurity Awards for Northern Europe (UK, Benelux and Nordics). At a packed-out awards ceremony held at London’s IET last night the winners were announced as Saher Naumann, a Threat Intelligence Analyst at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (Newcomer of the Year) and Carolyn Ngiam, Director of Barclays Security Programme (Professional of the Year). They were presented with their prizes by cybersecurity thought leader and former CISO at HSBC, Dr Alison Vincent.

“According to the latest figures from (ISC)2 just 24 per cent of women are employed in cybersecurity, signalling a huge gap and highlighting the work we have to do as an industry to address this failing in diversity.  The “Women In Cybersecurity Awards, developed in partnership with Global Digital Women (GDW), aims to recognise and promote the essential voices of women in cybersecurity across Europe. The response has been overwhelming both in terms of the number and high calibre of applications we have received for each award category,” said Azeem Aleem, Vice President of Security Consulting, NTT Ltd. 

“Our judging panel faced a tough task to identify the winners and our congratulations go not only to Saher Naumann and Carolyn Ngiam on their success and but also to all of our finalists – who by participating are supporting our continuing efforts to change   the perception of women in the industry as well as inspiring young women to consider a career in our sector.” 

Applications were open to female cybersecurity experts who could nominate themselves and others in two categories: ‘Newcomer’, for  women who have been working in the cybersecurity sector for under 5 years or who have recently completed a cybersecurity-based degree and ‘Professional’ for women who have been managing a cybersecurity team or been involved with the industry for five or more years.

There were three finalists in each category who were shortlisted by a judging panel that included representatives from RSA Security, De La Rue, NTT Ltd and NTT Data:

Newcomer:     Saher Naumaan – Threat Intelligence Analyst @BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Felisha Mouchous – Security Analyst @Bank of England and Chelsea Jarvie, Cyber Security Consultant @CJ Cyber Ltd

Professional:   Carolyn Ngiam – Director of Barclays Security Program @Barclays, Annabel Jamieson, Security Manager @Accenture and Gil Baram, Head of Research @Yuval Ne’eman workshop for science, technology and security at Tel Aviv University

“We are delighted at the success of our very first Women in Cybersecurity Awards and look forward to building upon this in 2020 as part of our efforts to encourage greater diversity in our industry” adds Azeem Aleem.

Information on the 2019 winners can be found below and for further information on the Women in Cybersecurity Awards, visit www.women-in-cybersecurity-awards.com/en/

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About the Women in Cybersecurity Winners

Professional Award Winner: Carolyn Ngiam, Director of Barclays Security Programme, Barclays
Carolyn has over 20 years of Financial Services experience and has led a number of important transformative initiatives at Bank of America, Experian and Barclays. In her current role in Barclays Chief Security Office, Carolyn is the Programme Director for the corporate-wide Strategic Barclays Security Programme, accountable for the execution of multi-year, multi-million-pound strategy sponsored by Barclays’ Executive Board which is not only significant to Barclays but industry leading.  She has firmly established the Barclays Security Program, which enhances Barclay’s internal controls and creates a step change in the company's overall Security condition – and ultimately making Barclays’ customers and clients safer.

On top of that, many of Carolyn’s colleagues in the Security industry – particularly but not solely females – have identified her as a role model and mentor. She is also instrumental in Barclays Women in Leadership (WiL) program working with 250 vice president females across the Bank to help develop them as future leaders.

Newcomer Award: Saher Naumann, Threat Intelligence Analyst at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Saher is a Threat Intelligence Analyst at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and a rising star in the industry. She currently researches state-sponsored cyber espionage with a focus on threat groups and activity in the Middle East. Saher specialises in analysis covering the intersection of geopolitics and cyber operations, and regularly speaks at public and private conferences around the world. Saher graduated from King’s College London with a Master’s in Intelligence and Security and chose a career in cyber security because safeguarding information is of paramount importance as we become ever more reliant on technology and communication over the Internet.

Saher has made exceptional progress in her career despite being in the field for just over one year and the impact she has made on the cyber security industry by co-founding the RESET conference, one of the most well-known security conferences in the UK, has been nothing short of spectacular. Saher sets a good example of how passion, drive and determination can help establish a career in cyber security, regardless of gender.

About Security and NTT Ltd.
Security is a division of NTT Ltd., a global technology services company bringing together the expertise of leaders in the field, including NTT Communications, Dimension Data, and NTT Security. The Security division helps clients create a digital business that is secure by design. With unsurpassed threat intelligence, we help you to predict, detect, and respond to cyberthreats, while supporting business innovation and managing risk.  Security has 10 SOCs, seven R&D centers, over 2,000 security experts and handles hundreds of thousands of security incidents annually across six continents.  Security ensures that resources are used effectively by delivering the right mix of Managed Security Services, Security Consulting Services and Security Technology.

NTT Ltd. partners with organizations around the world to shape and achieve outcomes through intelligent technology solutions. For us, intelligent means data driven, connected, digital, and secure. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 40,000 people in a diverse and dynamic workplace, and deliver services in over 200 countries and regions. Together we enable the connected future. Visit us at our new website hello.global.ntt

About Global Digital Women
Global Digital Women (GDW) is an international network of female digital pioneers, with already more than 30.000 women across Europe. Our goal is the networking, visibility and empowerment of inspirational digital minds of our time. With GDW we offer #femaledigitalheroes – from companies, politics, associations, and organizations – a platform and space to exchange ideas and increase visibility of their career paths.

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