Women Changemakers in Cybersecurity

I was approached last year by Brian Contos from Verodin about doing a podcast interview. This was during a very transitional time for me, and I almost said no. I’m so glad I said yes. This list of women in cyber talking about big ideas on a diverse array of topics, isn’t just worth listening to because we are all women. It’s worth a listen because of the knowledge and creative thinking you’ll find. Most are just about the length of a commute or a brisk walk – perfect for on-the-go.

Have a listen to any of these fantastic cyber warriors from the Verodin podcast hosted by Brian Contos.


Heather Engel is a strategic advisor to government and industry clients on risk management, cyber planning, and security program development; and is an author and a keynote speaker at industry events around the country. She is the founder and Managing Partner at Strategic Cyber Partners, LLC and a recognized subject matter expert in NIST frameworks, FedRAMP, and Payment Card Industry security standards. She has over 18 years of experience in information technology and security and is experienced in both the private and government sectors. Ms. Engel graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a governor-appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, where she chairs the Legislative and Policy Committee. Volunteer work includes Mary Baldwin University’s Cyber Security Program Advisory Committee and the Coastal Virginia CCI Leadership Council as subject matter expert on cybersecurity. She is also a member of the CIVIC Leadership Institute Class of 2020.