Women in Tech Brunch: Advancing Women in Cyber

Today, only 24% of the cyber workforce is represented by women. With over 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, now is the time to break the status quo by encouraging more women to consider a career in cyber. On Saturday, November 20, the Seattle-tech community took a step towards bridging that gender gap when they gathered at the MSIS Women in Tech Brunch: Advancing Women in Cyber.

During this dynamic brunch, 5 security leaders came together to demystify the field, share strategies to lead with authenticity, and provide advice for seizing the unique opportunities within cybersecurity.  Read more about our speakers below!


Eva Benn

Senior Engineering Program Manager, Microsoft

Jessica Ferguson

Deputy CISO,



Dina Nichols

Director, Security Operations Detection & Response, Salesforce

Divya Jeyachandran

Senior Director, Coalfire

Women in Tech Leadership Series
Shanchita Das



Eva Benn

Eva Benn (CISSP, CEH, CCSP) is a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Microsoft’s Digital Security & Resilience organization. For the past three years at Microsoft Eva has been driving some of the most critical identity and access management initiatives for the company. Prior to joining Microsoft, Eva was a trusted Big 4 cybersecurity advisor, helping top technology and telecom companies tackle complex security challenges of global scale. Her passion for storytelling and her diverse expertise in various cybersecurity domains has provided her the opportunity to be an invited speaker at multiple information security and GRC industry events. She’s also earned national recognition for her work.

Apart from her devotion to the cybersecurity industry, Eva has an insatiable passion for helping women build and grow their career in the tech field. She is a Co-Founder of Bulgarian Women in Tech, an organization that aims to bridge the gender gap in the tech field. She gives back to the cybersecurity community by serving as a Board Member of the ISACA Puget Sound Chapter.

Eva is also a proud Husky!

Jessica Ferguson

Jessica Ferguson has worked in the IT sector for 22 years and in Information Security for 20 years. She started as a Help Desk analyst and worked her way up as a Network Security Engineer, Security Consultant, SOC Manager, and Architecture Director.

Ms. Ferguson has experience building international Security Operations and Threat Intelligence teams at ServiceNow, F5 Networks, and Alaska Airlines. Today Jessica is Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at DocuSign, where she leads the Security Technology Group in the Trust and Security organization.

Ms. Ferguson lives in the Greater Puget Sound region with her partner of five years and their six children.

Dina Nichols

Dina is an experienced CyberSecurity professional and noteworthy leader. She serves as a Director of Security Operations Detection and Response at Salesforce and is driven by empowering others to bring their best solutions forward.  She takes pride in leading her teams with enthusiasm, shaping strategy and improving business processes.  Her professional experience includes work in Behavioral sciences, IT Operations, Risk Management, Process/Life-cycle Management, Product Management and Leadership. In addition to her primary job functions, Dina has executed multiple global enterprise projects, providing a unique perspective into the opportunities that organizations face in building and evolving CyberSecurity programs.

Dina is also an active leader in the MSIS community partnering with us in the MSIS Mentorship Program, annual Professional Mock Interviews, and Women in Tech Leadership Series.

Divya Jeyachandran

As a Sr. Director in the Cyber Assurance practice at Coalfire, Divya leads and manages Cloud Service Providers, Technology and Security Service Providers accounts and is responsible for the growth of these accounts. Her responsibilities include leading and assessing the security and compliance of client firms against multiple compliance frameworks such as PCI-DSS, FedRAMP, SOC, etc., provide technology advisory services, project scoping, business development, manage client relation and provide training and mentorship to team members in areas of audit, assessment, technical review and writing.

Joining Coalfire in 2014, Divya has 12+ years of industry experience in Professional Services, Cloud Technology, IT Security, IT Audit, Systems and Network Administration, Quality Assurance and Technical Support in professional and entrepreneurial engagements. As a QSA, Divya has delivered audit assessments for firms by conducting thorough review, test and evaluation of information security technical controls, policies, procedures, regulations and industry best practices in order to identify and mitigate organizational risks. Divya manages a book of business over $4MM and was named 2020 Gold Winner for the Women World Awards in the Excellence in Industry Woman of the Year in Consulting category.

Divya has a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering and possess intensive experience on delivering multiple projects and broad competence in strategic management of technical matters and business development.

Shanchita Das

Shanchita is a Director in PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice and is currently based in Seattle. She started her journey in the cyberspace focusing on Financial Services clients but has spent the better part of the last decade focused on driving Strategy & Transformation for cyber programs for the Big-Tech. She has served clients in different industries, countries, sizes and phases of maturity and loves to add variety in what she does. She also leads a number of initiatives in her organization to drive women’s recruitment, professional development and progression in the cyber and STEM fields.

The Master of Science in Information Systems Women in Tech Leadership Series aims to cultivate a network of women leaders, empower and support women in the tech community, offer resources, and redefine the future of upward mobility for women in tech. Take a step with MSIS to amplify the impact of women in the tech industry.

Ready to learn more about the MSIS program and join our network? Contact us today!

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