Why diversity, inclusion matter for cyber security in MEA

Studies have shown the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in generating more creative solutions to business problems, and enhancing performance and competitiveness. D&I is particularly important in tech, because it serves as a catalyst for success and a foundation for innovation in so many industries.

So says Diana Kelley, cybersecurity field CTO at Microsoft, noting that despite many organisations developing diversity initiatives to encourage more women and other underrepresented groups to explore careers in tech, there remains a shortage of women and minorities, particularly in cyber security.

According to a 2017 study conducted by the Global Information Security Workforce, women hold a mere 11% of current positions in cyber security. In the Middle East, women's representation in the cyber security field is only 5% compared to 14% in the US.

, 13 Feb 2019

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