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Expert Insight: Growing Your Mindset

The ethos of continuous learning and adaptability has played a major role in my tech industry experience. I've come to recognize the importance of adopting a growth mindset and embracing challenges as avenues for growth. I’ve always been curious, this was strengthened during my military service in an intelligence unit, propelled me into the world of cyber threats and cybersecurity. During this time, I've realised the importance of continuous learning and commitment, particularly within the...

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Expert Insight: Breaking the glass firewall: Building a cybersecurity sisterhood

It's no secret that the gender gap in cybersecurity is a worldwide issue, with women currently representing only 24% of the global cybersecurity workforce. This gender disparity can be coined as a ‘glass firewall’ - cybersecurity’s version of the glass ceiling - with barriers ranging from cultural biases to limited advancement opportunities that several women face while climbing the cyber ladder. This reality is disappointing considering cybersecurity is an incredibly rewarding career for all, and...

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Expert Insight: Why do women feel cybersecurity isn’t for them?

Women represent only 30% of the global cybersecurity workforce, reflecting a slow growth rate and pervasive social inequalities. As we witness a concerning increase in cyber harm and a widening skills gap within the industry, it becomes imperative to engage more women in cybersecurity. Diversity is not merely a desirable trait; it’s a fundamental necessity in our fight against cyber threats. The effectiveness of our defense strategies hinges on the varied perspectives and expertise brought...

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Expert Insight: DEI and the Recruitment Wall

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives are now well established in cybersecurity with only 8% of businesses saying they did not have any, according to the ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2023. But while these are well-established internally, businesses are still failing to communicate their commitment when recruiting, stacking the odds against applicants from diverse or minority backgrounds. The report warns that in times of economic uncertainty and given the huge skills gap, which is rising...

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Expert Insight: How more diverse perspectives can lead to more innovative solutions

For some time now, there has been a worrying lack of the requisite skills around cloud security, data security, and application security. Especially within the mid and senior level. Part of the reason is that cloud architectures and the ever more distributed systems we are now used to today has created new attack surfaces that require specialised skills to secure. Here, there is a real shortage of engineers who are well-versed in techniques like cloud...

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ISACA Joins Forces with Erasmus+ for SHE@CYBER Project

ISACA has announced its participation in the Erasmus+ program’s SHE@CYBER project. This initiative, under the EC Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training, is a concerted effort to address the cybersecurity skills gap in Europe, with a particular focus on empowering women and underrepresented groups in the field. The SHE@CYBER project, coordinated by Vernian RTI - Research, Technology and Innovation, is a comprehensive strategy aimed at enhancing Europe’s cybersecurity resilience and championing diversity within the sector. The...

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Championing Diversity in Data Protection

By Jasmine Harrison PC.dp, Account Manager - Data Protection People Women play an important role in the field of data protection, bringing diverse perspectives and ethical considerations into an area that can be a minefield for many. This often leads to the creation of groundbreaking solutions that meet the varied needs of diverse groups, establishing fair and equitable data protection policies tailored to the specific concerns of different demographics.  Despite the challenges, the cybersecurity workforce...

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International Women's Day has long been an advocate for elevating and advancing gender equality within the technology industry. At the heart of this celebration is a collective commitment to recognise and celebrate the women who are not only making significant strides in tech but also reshaping the landscape of innovation. The theme for this year, 'Inspire Inclusion,' serves as a rallying cry for a global movement to break down barriers and foster a more inclusive...

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