Women in Technology Spotlight Program

Women in Technology Spotlight Program 



The ISACA NY Metropolitan Chapter developed the Women in Technology (WIT) Spotlight Program to celebrate women in the IT/Infosec/Audit careers, who are experienced leaders, or a rising star in the making. As gender diversity in the technology workplace still lags far behind other industries, our Chapter will continue to advocate and support outstanding women who push the industry forward. We will highlight these movers and shakers on a quarterly basis.



WIT of the Quarter - Michelle Schaap 

Michelle A. Schaap, founder of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC's Privacy & Data Security Group, regularly advises on cybersecurity preparedness, counsels when data security incidents arise and trains companies on best practices for security procedures addressing both their business operations and their customers’ concerns. Michelle assesses risk management practices and security incident preparedness in developing proactive security incident response and recovery plans. Additionally, she works with clients in contract review, drafting and negotiation in critical areas of privacy and security. 

Michelle counsels clients on incident and breach response – often serving as quarterback to the incident response team, working closely with her client’s senior executives, forensics, law enforcement and other critical members of the team. 

She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, awarded from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, with a concentration on U.S. private-sector law (CIPP/US). 


Words of Wisdom: 

Fear is a natural reaction to new situations; so long as you do not allow it paralyze you, and instead turn it into a motivation coupled with curiosity, you will find paths forward.  Remember:  you do not have to have all the answers today…. but ideally you are willing to seek out the answers and learn continually.  

And in the tech world, being proactive and prepared is critical;  incidents will happen, but the businesses that have planned and put measures in place to respond quickly are the ones that will be able to do a lessons learned exercise as they move forward. 


Upcoming Event:

Spend some time with Michelle at our upcoming Coffee Break Session on September 22nd! Spots are limited, so sign up ASAP