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Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20008 USA
Phone: 1-202-328-2000 

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Friday, September 13 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
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. Also, only 4% of hackers are women. Coming from a nonprofit background, which is an industry with a high diversity, to one where it is so unbalanced. It’s disheartening and 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 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.

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Chloe Messdaghi

VP of Strategy, Point3 Security
Chloé Messdaghi is the VP of Strategy at Point3 Security.  She is a security researcher advocate who pushes for hacker rights, and strongly believes that information security is a humanitarian issue. Besides her passion to keep people safe and empowered online & offline, she is... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
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