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In Cybersecurity, Diversity is Part of the Mission

Aspen Institute

26 Feb 2020

John Carlin co-authored a piece for the Aspen Cybersecurity Group that discusses steps that businesses and the government must take to improve diversity and access to cybersecurity jobs.

“A core conclusion of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group’s research is that real-world skills, and not just four-year degrees, should be a primary means for measuring cyber talent,” the authors wrote. “For too long, the traditional lens for cybersecurity workers has focused on college-educated candidates – a group that is predominately white and male. With the demand for cybersecurity expertise only expected to increase, it is essential to rethink outdated requirements and build connections with communities of potential talent that traditional hiring assumptions might overlook.”

The piece concides with new industry commitments to the Aspen Institute’s wider cybersecurity workforce initiative, and with a recent announcement that an additional 16 industry-leading employers have signed a commitment to improve cybersecurity and grow high-tech jobs for the new economy.

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