The cybersecurity industry needs talent. There’s long been a gap between the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals and the number of jobs seeking them, and, unfortunately, there seem to be fewer qualified professionals than there are jobs. That’s one reason why MKACyber is a consistent champion for diversity in the cybersecurity field. It doesn’t matter your race, your gender, or your age: if a candidate is the best for a job, they should get the job. Period. Our founder and CEO, Mischel Kwon, believes this so strongly that she started the Cyber Diversity Foundation to support the idea.
To that end, Mischel spoke on a panel as part of CyberScoop’s D.C. CyberWeek today. D.C. CyberWeek brings together leaders, experts, and decision-makers in the cyber security industry to focus on “big ideas and coming together to make an impact on the greater good of our connected world.”
While part of the panel discussion focussed on where aspiring security profession ought to focus their studies and advice on how to kick-start a carreer in cybersecurity, the group discussed much more than that, including how the government can adapt to better combat cybercrimes, methods for strengthening the country’s cybersecurity capabilities, and go-to resources for information sharing. In particular, Mischel addressed how she gets buy-in from client-leadership and whether they are reactive or proactive in their views of security and how that is changing across the industry.
The panel was titled the “Women in Cyber Luncheon and Panel Discussion” and took place this afternoon at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy in downtown Washington, D.C. Mischel was joined by:
- Sophia Fadli, co-founder of BSidesNoVa; Cyber Intelligence Analyst at LookingGlass Cyber Solutions
- Mary Chaney, VP of International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals
- Tracy Adams Avery, Founder & Executive Director, Cyber Secure Kids
- Sarah Geffroy, Director of Global Public Policy for AT&T