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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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avatar for Chloé Messdaghi

Chloé Messdaghi

Cofounder, We Open Tech
Chloé Messdaghi is a changemaker who focuses on innovating tech and information security sectors to meet today and tomorrow demands. For over 10 years, she has provided solutions that empower organizations, products, and people to stand out from the crowd. Her work has earned her... Read More →


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