Before beginning my career in cybersecurity recruitment, I worked in the female-dominant industry of travel public relations. I was largely oblivious to the challenges of being a female in the workplace because I was surrounded by other strong businesswomen on a day-to-day basis. As a result, it came as quite the shock when entering the male-centric world of cybersecurity. I was surprised by just how little women trusted themselves when it came to applying for high-level managerial positions, and how few females there were in this space.
It’s become a running theme when attending cyber networking events that for every 20 men I see, there will be one woman. While so many clients I work with accentuate the fact they require more females in their workplace, they tend to only see it from a gender diversity “tick a box” standpoint and are often frustrated or confused as to why they need more women in their team.
Editor’s note: Guy Kawasaki, a Silicon Valley-based author, speaker, entrepreneur and evangelist, will be the opening keynoter at ISACA’s 2019 North America CACS conference, to take place 13-15 May in Anaheim, California, USA. Kawasaki recently visited with ISACA Now to discuss some of the themes he will explore at North America CACS, including innovation and entrepreneurship. The following is an edited transcript. For more of Kawasaki’s insights, listen to his recent interview on the ISACA Podcast.
Last week’s US State of the Union address by President Donald J. Trump promised legislation to invest in “the cutting edge industries of the future.” Without much detail initially available, the White House filled in the blanks by suggesting “President Trump’s commitment to American leadership in Artificial Intelligence, 5G wireless, quantum science and advanced manufacturing will ensure that these technologies serve to benefit the American people and that the American innovation ecosystem remains the envy of the world for generations to come.”
Enterprises are exploring opportunities driven by digital transformation, identifying technology-driven paths to deliver more value, more quickly, while also benefiting from new process efficiencies. IT auditors must do the same to ensure they remain valued partners by the organizations for which they work.
As enterprises increasingly harness technologies such as artificial intelligence and data analytics – and deploy methodologies such as Agile and DevOps – the IT audit teams of the future would be well-served to mirror this approach if they wish to thrive amid the business technology landscape of the future.
Women in the Chicago area who are interested in exploring a career path in cybersecurity, particularly those who are underrepresented in the field, will now have the opportunity to join a pilot program launched last week by ISACA, along with AnitaB.org and the City Tech Collaborative.
At an event announcing the pilot program last week at The Connectory in Chicago, ISACA’s Tara Wisniewski, senior vice president, global affairs, and Alisha Wenc, manager, corporate programs, shared details about the pilot that will test the impact of free cybersecurity training on the workforce outcomes for women entering tech, alongside AnitaB.org, City Tech and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
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