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Carolyn Crandall and Sarah Ashburn of Attivo Networks Named to Cyber Defense Magazine’s Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity 2020

During Black Hat USA 2020, Attivo Networks Executives Recognized in Prestigious Awards Category Exclusively for Women in Cybersecurity

Today, Attivo Networks®, an award-winning leader in deception for cybersecurity threat detection, announced that Carolyn Crandall, chief deception officer and CMO, and Sarah Ashburn, senior vice president of sales and customer success, have been named to Cyber Defense Magazine’s Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity for 2020. Crandall and Ashburn are among the industry’s top, well-respected professionals and were chosen for their leadership skills and cybersecurity expertise.

Crandall is a high-impact technology executive with over 30 years of experience building new markets and successful enterprise infrastructure companies. She has a demonstrated track record of effectively taking companies from pre-IPO through to multi-billion-dollar sales and has held leadership positions at Cisco, Juniper Networks, Nimble Storage, Riverbed, and Seagate. Crandall, who was also named to Cyber Defense Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity last year, actively contributes to the cybersecurity industry by educating the market on technology innovation related to breach mitigation, writing articles, and speaking at events, and co-authored the book, Deception-based Threat Detection: Shifting Power to the Defender.

Ashburn drives Attivo Networks’ domestic sales strategy, expansion, and high-performance team development. Over the last five years, Ashburn has been leading the GTM efforts for the company, delivering record company growth. With over 25 years of industry experience, she previously held leadership positions with Symantec, Veritas, and VMware, among others. Ashburn is recognized in the industry for her innovative spirit, leadership and track record of closing $1B in sales throughout her career. In her position at Attivo Networks, she provides extensive expertise to help connect organizations looking to solve their cybersecurity challenges with solutions that allow them to reduce and manage their overall risk.

“We’re pleased to name Carolyn Crandall and Sarah Ashburn as winners among the Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity for 2020 during our second annual Black Unicorn awards,” said Judges Robert R. Ackerman Jr. of, David DeWalt of and Gary Miliefsky of “This award showcases women who are shaping the future of cybersecurity and have broken through the glass ceiling.”

“Carolyn and Sarah have been outstanding leaders and role models within our organization and continuously produce impactful results that have fueled our company’s success,” said Tushar Kothari, CEO, Attivo Networks. “This recognition stands as a testament to their hard work, talent, and influence within the industry, and I am proud to have two of the top 100 women in cybersecurity on our team.”

About Attivo Networks
Attivo Networks®, the leader in cyber deception and lateral movement attack detection, delivers a superior defense for revealing and preventing unauthorized insider and external threat activity. The customer-proven Attivo ThreatDefend® Platform provides a scalable solution for derailing attackers and reducing the attack surface within user networks, data centers, clouds, remote worksites, and specialized attack surfaces. The portfolio defends at the endpoint, Active Directory and throughout the network with ground-breaking innovations for preventing and misdirecting lateral attack activity. Forensics, automated attack analysis, and third-party native integrations streamline incident response. The company has won over 130 awards for its technology innovation and leadership. For more information, visit

About Cyber Defense Awards
This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s 8th year of honoring cybersecurity innovators, in this case the Black Unicorn Awards for 2020 on our Cyber Defense Awards platform. In this competition, judges for these prestigious awards include cybersecurity industry veterans, trailblazers and market makers Gary Miliefsky of CDMG, Robert R. Ackerman Jr. of Allegis Cyber and David DeWalt of NightDragon with much appreciation to emeritus judge Robert Herjavec of Herjavec Group. To see the complete list of Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity for 2020 please visit

About Cyber Defense Magazine
Cyber Defense Magazine was founded in 2012 by Gary S. Miliefsky, globally recognized cyber security thought leader, inventor and entrepreneur and continues to be the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA, BlackHat and IPEXPO conferences and our limited edition paid reprint subscribers. Learn more about us at Cyber Defense Magazine is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group.


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