Tackling Diversity in the Cybersecurity Workforce
08-27, 16:00–16:50 (US/Eastern), Room 400

The Biden administration has taken efforts to fill the hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. as part of a bid to close the workforce gap described as a national security challenge. With ~700,000 cybersecurity job openings, this challenge threatens the nation’s global economic viability and must be tackled aggressively. Moreover, this major talent shortage is exacerbated with a more troublesome issue - the lack of diversity in cybersecurity.

According to the 2021 Aspen Digital Tech Policy Hub report, the latest demographics indicate underrepresented groups such as Black (9%), Hispanic (4%) and Asian (8%) professionals make up an increasingly low percentage of the Cybersecurity workforce. The Pew Research Center reported women still only represent approximately 25% of the cybersecurity workforce compared to at least 40% of the global workforce. “With cybersecurity as one of the largest challenges facing the Nation’s security with a major talent shortfall, it is paramount that all talent including gender, ethnicity and culture are not only included but welcome in the workforce. (Cyversity.org)”

This panel will discuss actions that can be taken to shift the narrative and build more diversity into the cybersecurity workforce.

Information Security & Privacy Advocate, RT Hawk Consulting
Director of Diversity and Membership, Atlanta Chapter of ISACA

VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Workforce 2000
vCISO, Convergence Networks

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Information Security Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Cyversity Atlanta Chapter President

Olivia Rose is the CISO, and VP of IT & Security for Amplitude, the world-leader in product analytics. Olivia is a proven cybersecurity leader with close to 20 years building, transforming, and optimizing successful IT and cybersecurity programs. Olivia possesses a unique blend of technical, governance, and business acumen and experience, enabling IT and security initiatives to align with the business and demonstrate value. Olivia is frequently requested at speaker events and podcasts, and is regarded as a mentor and thought leader in the industry. Olivia holds numerous IT and security certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CCSK, and is an active participating member of several industry groups. Olivia was recently elected to the Board of Cyversity, an organization dedicated to the consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to diversify, educate, and empower.

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