Exploring Diverse Talent to Fill Tech and Cybersecurity Jobs
Women in IT panel talks potential benefits of taking more proactive, inclusive approaches to fill the ranks of tech teams.
During this week’s Women in IT Summit Series, a panel of experts discussed “Jumping the Big Tech Hurdles,” focusing on challenges companies face that include increasing demand for accessibility, diverse hiring in tech, and cybersecurity.
Nasheen Liu, partner and senior vice president of CIO program strategy with The IT Media Group, moderated the session, which laid out trends and practices that might improve organizations. The panel included Cara Antoine, chapter ambassador for the Dutch Chapter of Women in Tech Netherlands; Kurt John, chief cybersecurity officer for Siemens; Catherine Sherwin, a managing director with AlixPartners; and Justin Arbuckle, global chief technology officer for wealth and personal banking technology at HSBC.
Citing an industry report, Liu offered a projection that 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled around the world. “Needless to say, there is a shortage in cybersecurity skills and technology talent in general.” She asked the panelists how the need to find tech talent might also be an opportunity to increase diversity and inclusivity in the workforce.