Some 1.8 million information security professionals will be needed in the next five years worldwide, further driving home the need to expand the pool of potential candidates by bringing more women and minorities into the mix, speakers on the “Making Diversity a Priority In Security” panel said at Black Hat.
Not only are companies looking to fill vacant job openings, but they are increasingly seeking to add diversity to the workforce.
When you look at diversity, it goes beyond a person’s gender and race and it brings to the table the benefit of a diversity of thought, says panelist Anthony Johnson, managing director and business information security officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Panelist Aubrey Blanche, global head of diversity and inclusion at Atlassian, noted that empirical research has shown that when employees are working with people who are different than they are, they process information differently. As a result, one potential benefit may be coming up with ideas and innovation by studying an issue from a different perspective, Blanche says.