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IDG Contributor Network: Diversity is the cornerstone of a strong security team

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    Last month, Devon Bryan and Larry Whiteside, co-founders of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity, hosted the first-ever National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals at the Historic Washington Plaza Hotel.

    The shortage of minorities within the cyber community drives their passion to create more opportunities for women and majority minority groups to fill cyber positions. “While there is no surprise we face a serious workforce shortage in IT security and cyber, the numbers when it comes to the minorities involved is quite staggering,” said Whiteside.

    Over the past few years, Bryan and Whiteside collected statistics and found that of the 14 million respondents they surveyed, “Less than 6% were below 30. The average age of security practitioners was 42, and women make up 10% of global workforce. That hasn’t really changed,” Whiteside said.

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