It saddened us all within the cybersecurity sector to hear of Angela Nichols’ recent passing.
Angela was not a cybersecurity startup founder, chief information security officer or a network security engineer. She wasn’t the creator of all the powerful cybersecurity products, threat dashboards or advanced AI technology algorithms used by the products that ArcSight, RedSeal, Anomali, Intel 471 and Analyst1 produced.
Angela Nichols was the tenacious marketing force behind all the brilliant minds that produced these products, elevating their innovations in cybersecurity to marketplace solutions that not only changed the world but also made it a safer place.
From her early career, Angela worked tirelessly to understand cybersecurity technologies and make them less intimidating and more accessible to the masses through her corporate branding, global event experiences and multi-channel marketing campaigns that spanned five continents and influenced countless corporate security architectures within the Fortune 500 and government sectors.
She was a brilliant strategist and innovative cybersecurity marketing maven. She especially enjoyed being a part of the growth of the cybersecurity industry and participating in the wider sector ecosystem conversations at the annual RSA Conference. Over the past ten years, she created many unforgettable experiences with her attention to the human experience, from sleek booth designs, innovative giveaways (including electric cars, motorcycles, ATVs and big cash) and visual, user-oriented demos. A little-known fact is that she could demo our products with the best of us, and we all upped our game because of her. As an industry, the experiences that she designed enabled us to feel cool, way before cybersecurity was cool.
Aside from the memories she created for so many of us at trade shows and events around the world, Angela was incredibly passionate about providing women and minorities with opportunities within cybersecurity. Her ability to see potential, a desire to learn and an ambition to grow professionally are what the people whose lives she touched through her generosity of time and mentorship will always remember about her. The cybersecurity world is better for having known Angela Nichols and her advocacy for a more inclusive industry.
Analyst1, Anomali, ArcSight, Intel 471 and RedSeal Networks