6TH Annual Women in Cyber Security



Join WITI Tampa Bay for an impactful night of cybersecurity! We will have breakout sessions, keynote speakers and lots of social friendly networking!

This online event is for executives, leaders, managers, women passionate about cybersecurity across industries who are responsible for creating a strategic and tactical cyber-resilient organization. If you are working in cyber or just want to learn more about cyber we look forward to seeing you at the 6th Annual WITI Tampa Bay Women in Cyber event.

Join us for an open Q&A session on Women in Cyber Security - we've got panelists from a variety of industries ready to talk about how they got into their career, the focus of their security strategies, cyber-crime, gender gaps in the industry, and more!

Featured Speaker(s)

Moderator: Courtney Jackson
CEO, Cybersecurity & Compliance at Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC

I joined the United States Navy right out of high school and proudly served my country.

Once I got out of the Navy, I worked my way up in the computer field working helpdesk, desktop support, system engineering, network engineering, and eventually cyber security, which I have specialized in for over a decade now. I worked as a Security Analyst, a Security Engineer, a Lead Security Assessor, a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert, and most recently worked over three years as a Chief Security Officer (CSO) with an Executive role in growing a now multi-million dollar cyber security consulting company. I was the only female executive in the company!

After that CSO position I said goodbye to corporate and launched my own cyber security firm, Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC. I haven’t looked back as becoming a full-time entrepreneur was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, I impact positive change for companies helping them to protect their sensitive data from exposure and cyber-attacks. I also foster a workplace of learning and growth as my parent company, Paragon Cyber Solutions, has a formal Cyber security Apprenticeship program approved by the Florida Department of Education. My company, Paragon Cyber Solutions, is also an Authorized Delivery Partner with CompTIA and Pearson VUE Test Center. We provide security and workforce training to strengthen the cyber workforce, and I work directly with my staff to increase their Cyber IQ. I am a true advocate for knowledge transfer and helping people excel in their careers, no matter where they currently are.

Tia Hopkins is VP of Cyber Risk Advisory and Solutions Architecture at eSentire. In addition to her role at eSentire, she is an adjunct professor of Cybersecurity at Yeshiva University, a women's tackle football coach, and is pursuing her PhD in Cybersecurity Technology Innovation Management. She was recognized by SC Media as an outstanding educator in 2019, as well as one of The Software Report's Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity and Cyber Defense Magazine's Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity; both in 2020. In 2021, Tia was recognized as a Top Influencer in the Security Executives category by IFSEC Global and contributed a chapter to the book The Rise of Cyber Women: Volume 2. She is also the Founder of Empow(H)er Cybersecurity, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring and empowering women of color to pursue cybersecurity careers.

Teri Green

Transformational Chief Information Officer / Chief Information Security Officer with 14+ years of experience in the areas of telecommunications, educational institutions, and technology services. Adept at extensive data analytics and data security. Committed to leading a team of efficient IT workers and keeping up to date on modern technologies. Proven success in leadership, operational excellence, and organizational development with a keen understanding of elements of agile business strategies to transform growth and recognized for inspiring management team members to excel and encouraging creative work environments.

Lynette Hornung is currently a Microsoft Security Architecture Manager with Catapult Systems where she works closely with senior leadership and cross-functional teams to provide executive briefings on security and data protection gaps and ways to address those gaps utilizing Microsoft tools to a variety of customers. She plays a major role on various projects and initiatives by providing expertise on meeting cloud security best practices, state and international data protection and privacy, utilizing the National Institutes of Science and Technology frameworks and publications and other relevant frameworks, both national and international.

Prior to this, Hornung was a Principle Security and Privacy Architect with Dell Technologies. She was the Senior Privacy and Security Architecture Manager with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), leading the effort to develop the Privacy Data Protection Program with the USDA's Rural Development office. From 2012 to 2020, she served as Senior Enterprise Security Architecture and Privacy Manager for TCG Inc., supporting the Executive Office of the President, the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, the Department of the Treasury.

Hornung has also provided enterprise security and data privacy expertise to Northrop Grumman Information Technology supporting the United States Department of Justice, Office of Chief Information Office, Justice Management Division and other DOJ components as a senior SME on security architecture and data protection.

She is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service Scholarship (CyberCorps). She has her MS in Information Assurance from Iowa State University.

She has her CIPP-US and SABSA SCF, SPRA and SCPA certifications. She is a Board Member with the CyberSecurity Divas and a Charter Member with her SABSA security architecture certifications.

Candace Williams is a collaborative and influential Cybersecurity Leader with over 18 years of experience in the Cybersecurity previously Information Assurance field. She has a passion to advocate for increasing the presence of women of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as mentor young women interested in a career in Cybersecurity.

"My goal is to advocate for more diversity and more women in all STEM roles, but more specifically, Cybersecurity. Whether it is understanding how to secure personal data to mitigate exposure through data breach/identity theft, or design & implement a Cybersecurity program to support customer/contractual business objectives."

Candace is the Northern and Southern Regional Cybersecurity & Risk Senior Manager (Collateral Programs) for Raytheon Intelligence & Space. In this role Candace's overarching responsibilities include key elements of tactical and operational strategies, as well as ensuring key business operations are executed to customer and/or contractual standards.

Candace has been with Raytheon Technologies for almost 13 years and previously worked in multiple Cybersecurity individual contributor and leadership roles.

Prior to Raytheon Technologies, Candace proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant within the Computer Communications and Operations (CCO). Candace's military career took her abroad to the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Iraq, during which time she worked in multiple roles within the CCO field from Help Desk and Small Computer Support Technician to Information Assurance Officer.

Candace is an active member of ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and holds both Certified Information Systems Management (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications. Candace also holds a bachelor's degree in Management - Information Systems from Park University, a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, as well as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) executive certification from Carnegie Mellon University.

Angelique "Q" Napoleon, Washington, D.C.

Vice President | Chief Information Technology Officer

Angelique is the Vice President & CITO and Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert for @IntellecTechs in Washington, D.C.

As the CITO she is responsible for development and integration of various activities which built on the foundation for Cyber Resiliency for IntellecTechs as well as her Defense Industrial Base (DIB) clientele who rely on her expertise as their virtual Chief Information Security Officer to protect their networks and employees from adversaries and cyber criminals. She is responsible for the development of the Cyber Boutique in which she provides highly specialized cyber services from Penetration Testing to System Security Engineering to both commercial and defense clients.

She has also established the Price Forensics Lab and is the Lab Director where she handles all of the Digital Forensics and Incident Response activities to include formalized reporting and coordination with US Government & Federal Law Enforcement organizations. She produces Cyber Threat Intelligence products and hosts Cyber Awareness & Compliance training sessions aimed at increasing employee awareness.

She works with small to medium sized businesses in establishing tailored Cybersecurity programs which target DOD cyber compliance requirements (CMMC, NIST, ISO) that are affordable and sustainable. She has supported the Department of Defense programs and projects for over 25 years in both Intelligence and Cybersecurity Engineering capacities. She supports mentorship programs and initiatives for transitioning Military members and their families looking to enter into the Cybersecurity field.

Schedule of Events

5:30-5:55 - Gathering/Intros/Games & introduce moderator
5:55-6:00 - Introduce Speaker 1
6:00-6:15 - Speaker - Main
6:15-6:25 - Networking 1
6:25-6:30 - Intro to panel
6:30-6:50 - Panel
6:50-7:00 - Networking 2
7:00-7:05 - Closing & Thank You