Cherise Esparza – Cybersecurity Woman of the Year

Additional Info

Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)
Company size (employees)10 to 49
CountryUnited States
Headquarters RegionNorth America


Cherise is the co-founder and chief product officer of She is a cybersecurity expert with more than 15 years of experience working in OT industrial control system environments, and she has guided cybersecurity risk management programs for some of the largest industrial companies in the world. Cherise has a BS in Computer Science with a focus in cybersecurity and a minor in Mathematics and Physics from The University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as an MBA in International Business and Finance from The University of St. Thomas.


1. Cherise is an expert in OT/ICS cybersecurity, and she is dedicated to helping protect the world’s critical infrastructure. Her 15+ years of experience working in industrial control environments inspired she and her team to create a risk management acceleration platform for industrial cybersecurity.
2. Cherise recognizes the importance of aligning technical and non-technical members of an organization to improve cybersecurity. She has a proven track record of doing it for some of the largest industrial organizations in the world.
3. As chief product officer of, Cherise works closely with her team to create new features for the platform. Her experience guides the creativity used with her team to create product features that have never existed before.