This year, we had an overwhelmingly positive level of interest in our Women in Security program. The women that make up the security industry are an exceptional group, and we wish we could profile every single one. Here, we have chosen 13 enterprise security leaders that have risen the ranks during their careers with their skills, forward-thinking mindsets, and a passion for the jobs they do: providing safety and protection to the people at their organization.

We hope to give you a glimpse into the backgrounds, challenges, perspectives and accomplishments of a few of the women that continue to change the security industry — one role at a time. Like all security leaders, some of these women came from law enforcement backgrounds, others came from non-security related backgrounds and more or less fell into their roles. Their stories are unique and diverse, and we are honored to profile them here.

Our Security editorial team also chose a number of Women in Security nominees to celebrate throughout the rest of this year in special editions of our “5 Minutes With” articles and The Security Podcasts (which you can find on our site, as well as Apple podcasts and Spotify). We will feature these beginning in July and throughout the coming months. Look for a broad range of roles, responsibilities and positions from these Women in Security, talking about leadership, security metrics, mentoring, diversity and much more.