Deborah Hurley @Forbes
Diversity in cybersecurity certainly includes gender and ethnicity. Importantly, robust cybersecurity also requires discipline diversity, in order to craft sustainable solutions.
Combining diverse skills, perspectives and situations is necessary to meet effectively the multi-faceted, dynamic challenges of security. Looking beyond the sensational headlines about hackers, phishers and scammers, it is obvious that cyber threats and harm don’t come only from malevolent outsiders or even malicious employees. Security problems frequently stem from perfectly satisfied employees who lack training or simply make mistakes. Effective management and training of fallible human beings is a cybersecurity domain that calls upon human resources and other vital, non-technical abilities.
The tech industry is grappling with two big challenges. First, it is struggling to fill jobs with qualified candidates. The second predicament, the remedies to which will also help cure problem #1, is diversifying beyond the current homogeneous band that fills the high-tech halls. Both of these problems are even more acute in the cybersecurity sector. There are more than one million cybersecurity jobs to be filled, with projected shortages of qualified personnel looking out into the future. In terms of diversity, one telling example speaks volumes about the tunnel vision in cybersecurity and the potential accessible solutions through a more diverse workforce -- the number of women in cybersecurity is 11 percent, which is expected to remain flat into the foreseeable future.