Creating a Diverse Security Team

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February 8, 2018: Caroline Wong, vice president of security strategy at, said she has been in the security industry for 12 years and a lack of diversity at events and in the workplace has been a long-standing problem. What is changing, however, is that people are starting to talk about it, she said.

"I think the unfortunate thing at this point in time is that for whatever reason, a lot of the press coverage and studies have a tendency to focus on the negative, because that's what's obvious, and it's what is exciting to write about," Wong said.

And while there are obstacles faced by minorities in the security industry, Wong stressed the importance of hearing about positive experiences from women and minorities in the industry.

Wong recently conducted a survey of more than 300 women in the cybersecurity industry and found that the majority of responses were positive, with women affirming that they love their jobs and feel deeply satisfied by the work they are doing.

The survey also explored the benefits of diverse teams, and the challenges that hiring managers—especially those in the talent-starved cybersecurity field—face in hiring employees with different backgrounds.

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