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  • Session: The Problem with Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity—We Can Fix It

     Brian updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 14 Posts
  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:18

    Let’s hear your questions and discuss responses, outcomes, and experiences from the “The Problem with Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity—We Can Fix It” session here!

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:19
    Question from the session: 

    How do we deal with “technical terms” which are antithetical to diversity and inclusion? Terms like blacklisting/whitelisting, master/slave

    • Brian

      Member
      November 18, 2020 at 17:41

      I understand the question, but I am not sure all persons around the world agree these terms are antithetical to diversity and inclusion. Etymology does not necessarily support the premise.

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:34
    Comment/Question from the event:

    My general view is that I want to hire and/or work with the most talented people possible. But often times that still results in a stack of resumes that are still predominantly male caucasians. You touched on this a bit, but what are your thoughts on the situation where diversity and inclusivity is placed higher than experience and skill and where less technically proficient people are hired as a result?

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:35
    Comment/Question from the session: 

    I believe closing the gap starts in the education system. There are many disciplines and specialties with technology but sometimes lean towards coding and/or mathematics. We have algorithms that need improvement, anallytics also need more creative minds and training. What steps are being taken to engage young girls in technology and its many disciplines?

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:37
    Comment/Question from the session: 

    Do you need more companies to offer high school and college internships to attract diverse students to cyber careers? This could create career pipelines for talent from local communities for students looking to increase knowledge and experience with cyber careers. Can also be a terrific incentive to encourage students from a young age to make good life choices to keep their options for future employment open.

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:38
    Comment/Question from the event:

    Do you see lack of diversity as a problem or a symptom? What do you think is the root cause?

    • Brian

      Member
      November 18, 2020 at 17:13

      I really like this question, and frankly, this might make a great future diversity presentation topic. To get the conversation going I’m just going to spill my thoughts without taking lots of time to think.

      I think it’s both, and neither. It’s a problem when a group or community does not have access to resources that would prepare them for a role in a given field, or if there are barriers erected by a group in an attempt to keep another group out. It’s also a symptom that helps us determine that the problem of resources or other barriers exist. But if a situation exists where one or more communities simply have no interest and there are no other barriers, that’s when I would say it is neither.

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:39
    Comment/Question from the event:

    What is the relationship between diversity of identity and diversity of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or diversity of thought? How can we measure diversity of thought? Why assume that a group of white men don’t have diversity of thought?

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:43
    Comment/Question from the event:

    Why are Asians seen as workers and not leaders? All over the world there are Asian leaders but in USA very hard to seen past the ‘model minority’ stereotype, which actually does NOT benefit Asians.

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:45
    Question from the session: 

    Regarding the hispanic community and Cisco, do Spanish-speaking Cisco employees do community outreach?

  • Paula

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 17:48
    Question from the session: 

    How can diversity and inclusion be improved without handicapping potential applicants (maintain same standards for all)?

  • Francis

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 20:39

    To really remove the barriers to diversity in the cybersecurity profession the community needs to start by engaging underserved students in middle school. I was in the military, industry, and government but it wasn’t until I transitioned to being an adjunct professor as my semi-retired profession that I was able to teach college students and even participate as a lead instructor at a GenCyber Camp for middle school children that I was able to get a perspective on the challenges students face like not having exposure to technology or having things considered basic to many professionals. Our community tends to expect that everyone has broad band access with a decent laptop and that is nowhere near reality.

  • feddal

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 14:56

    Solving this issue will start by promoting women or diversity with key-roles in companies : management, CISO, CEO, CIO etc…. “glass ceiling” is still a reality for most women in any companies. When it comes the time to hire people in important positions, the inclusion remains a dream and not a reality.

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