Friday 14 August, 2-3pm (BST)
There is a growing consensus that a greater commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the security industry will attract new talent from a wider pool of candidates who may not currently consider it as a career. Since we already face huge skills shortages, especially in cybersecurity, this would seem a clear way to grow our industry. But in any case, we must examine the challenges in building a more equal and diverse professional community, and consider those practical steps we can all take to ensure proper inclusion regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or beliefs.
This is a huge subject that too many of us in the security profession know too little about. It needs to be considered with sensitivity and forethought. It is also vital for us to extend the conversation from just those with diverse backgrounds to include the mainstream security professionals who are perhaps less aware of, and less motivated to consider the topic.
Martin Smith MBE (info), Chairman & Founder, The SASIG
Oz Alashe MBE (info) CEO, Cybsafe confirmed
Becky Pinkard (info) CISO, Aldermore Bank
Paul Wood MBE (info) Managing Director, Head of Technology Risk, (Operational Risk Management Group), Citi
Naveen Vasudeva (info) CEO & Founder, CISO International
Alison Wakefield (info) Professor of Criminology and Security Studies, University of West London and Chair, The Security Institute