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Thursday, March 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
How to Fix the Diversity Gap in Cybersecurity

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Women make up just 11 percent and minorities are slightly less than 12 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. Coming from a nonprofit background, which is an industry with a high diversity, to one where it is so unbalanced. It’s disheartening and disappointing.

I’ve connected with persons who are underrepresented in the field, and many after spending years in cybersecurity are leaving the field. From their shared experiences as well as my own, it is clear that the cybersecurity space needs to get real about the lack of diversity in the space, and the necessity to make changes as we approach the estimated shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals in 2019.

In this talk, we will discuss our brains and how we label and prejudge, hear experiences of underrepresented people in the space, what can be done to fill the gap, and how to increase and retain the number of qualified candidates in cybersecurity.

Outline of talk:
● Background: Statistics and Brains
Overview of today’s statistics about underrepresented in the cybersecurity space, and how we process label/prejudices in our brains.
● Interactive Exercise
Audience takes part in a listening exchange activity.
● Obstacle Storytelling
Over the last year, in addition to my own experience, I’ve collected stories and experiences from dozens of underrepresented persons in the cybersecurity industry who have experienced the glass ceiling and discrimination, leading many of them to ultimately leave the space.
● How to change the 11% and 12%
○ Sharing recommendations from underrepresented in the field
○ Latest research on how to make improvements
○ Three takeaways to begin making a difference today

Speakers
avatar for Chloe Messdaghi

Chloe Messdaghi

Security Researcher Advocate, WoSEC & WomenHackerz
Chloe Messdaghi is a Security Researcher Advocate. Since entering cybersecurity space, she sees security as a humanitarian issue. Humanitarian work includes advising as a UN Volunteer, serving as a board member for several humanitarian organizations and started a nonprofit called... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
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