I recently had the honor of participating in an IBM/International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) event in Manhattan. This is coverage of the panel I was on which discussed hiring diversity and the benefits to the entire workplace.
For more information on the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), visit their website at www.ICMCP.org.
The benefits of having a diverse cyber workforce were pounded home on October 4 by CISOs, government officials and academics during the IBM/International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) Town Hall.
The event, held at IBM’s Manhattan, N.Y. office, saw cybersecurity execs not only speak highly of the need to have a diverse staff, but they also went against conventional wisdom in many areas when it came to the hiring process. The day-long conference featured a series of expert panel and audience-driven discussions that examined ways to further the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in cybersecurity.
The participants dismissed some long-standing beliefs, such as a person needing a college degree or specific IT training to pursue a career in cybersecurity, as speaker after speaker stood up and said training in the field is less important than having a candidate with curiosity, being a self-starter, humble and simply having the intellectual capacity to absorb new knowledge.
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