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Press release Launches Cyber Security Council in Partnership with Synack

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, a curated group of experienced women board directors and board-ready accomplished tech executives, today announced the launch of their Cyber Security Council, sponsored by Synack.

The Council is comprised of board-ready cybersecurity technical women leaders from organizations such as Juniper Networks, Okta, Nextdoor, Google, Palo Alto Networks, HP, and Oracle and other well-known technology companies.

“We are excited to launch our Cyber Security Council sponsored by Synack,” said Rita Scroggin, Founder and CEO of “The Council's goal is to raise awareness of cyber issues at the board level, an urgent priority in light of escalating cyberattacks."

As highlighted in a recent report by the Diligent Institute, companies with advanced cybersecurity ratings create nearly 4X shareholder value, yet only 5% of companies have cybersecurity experts on their boards. Source:

The Cyber Security Council aims to address this gap by providing a platform for women cybersecurity leaders to share their expertise, insights, and perspectives on cybersecurity risks and best practices. The Council will also work to educate and inform boards of directors about the importance of cybersecurity and the value that women can bring to board-level discussions on this critical issue.

“Board buy-in brings better security.

CISA is pushing for software manufacturers to bake good security practices into their products from the very beginning. By having more women cybersecurity professionals on boards, we can ensure that cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations and that companies are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and their customers from cyber threats.”

Founding Members of the Cyber Security Council include members: Claire Trimble CMO Synack, Sharon Mandell CIO Juniper Networks, Bhawna Singh, CTO Okta, May Wang CTO IoT Palo Alto Networks, Vidhya Ranganthan, SVP Global Head of Software HP Personal Systems, Swathi Joshi Bhat, VP SaaS Cloud Security Oracle, Ronit Polak VP Engineering Exabeam, Vanessa Pegueros, Corporate Board Director and former CISO OneLogin, Docusign, Avital Arora, Engineering Executive Google, Kristen Beneduce, Deputy CISO Nextdoor.

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About is a curated group of experienced women board directors and board ready accomplished tech executives. was founded in 2020 with the mission to address the underrepresentation of women technology leaders on corporate boards, recognizing the immense value that women bring to the table in driving innovation and enhancing shareholder value