Your voice and actions matter.
In 2017, the book, IN SECURITY: how a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe, was published. It came at a turning point for the industry as attacks increased, group think reigned, and a skills issue loomed.
The book called for several actions. The first was for better collaboration, knowledge share, and a change in attitude – giving to gain. That’s why we set up an exclusive community for cybersecurity professionals called IN Crowdd. We hope you’ve joined it and are ready to take the next step – to pledge.
We believe we have a unique industry, want to raise awareness of it and the fantastic opportunities it offers. We’re passionate about securing cyber space and ensuring women are both welcomed and empowered to reach their ambitions within it. We know that when we work together to do this – as change agents or IN Security Ambassadors – we can make a real difference to improving diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity.
Take the pledge.
As our mission is to mobilise an effective cybersecurity workforce, we’re calling for immediate action. This comes in the form of a pledge and we need your help.
We believe taking a pledge is an important step to affecting change but only if there’s clarity around why you’re doing it and it can be measured. That’s why we’re asking individuals, event companies, and organisations to join us and take part fully. There are many things that you can do and ways to demonstrate your commitment. We’ve briefly outlined them below, but there’s far more information when you access our downloads and click through to the pledge.
As an individual you can pledge to champion diversity and inclusion by educating the educators, tackling bias and inequality in the workplace, becoming a role model, a speaker at an event, speaking up during a meeting, or anything else that you think may be suitable. Download our IN SECURITY pledge instructions if you need guidance and TAKE THE PLEDGE.
As a an event company you can pledge to increase the numbers of women speakers and panellists at your event. When 20%, 25% or 30% of your speakers are women let us know and you’ll be awarded bronze, silver or gold seal, which you can display on your website or in marketing materials. IN Security badges are symbols of pride, performance and progress. Contact us to discuss our IN SECURITY pledge for event companies.
As an organisation you can pledge to hire in a non biased fashion, ensure equal pay, further learning and development, build mentoring and sponsoring programmes, create awareness campaigns, inclusive networks, scholarships, bursaries, or outreach programmes to schools. When you can demonstrate your efforts, contact us to discuss our assessment package and how you can be awarded our IN SECURITY bronze, silver or gold seal, which you’ll be able to use in marketing initiatives.