Diverse IT

An ITSP column and podcast series with Selena Templeton.

We all know about the lack of diversity in the technology industry. These days everybody is talking about diversity and inclusion, but who is actually walking the talk? 

It pains me that we are still having (or avoiding) the same conversations and struggles around equality that we did in the 1960s and the 1920s and the 1860s. We are now officially out of ignorant excuses and unreasonable reasons for not making the cybersecurity and tech industries as diverse as the world is.

The statistics show that different backgrounds and perspectives not only lead to a happier workplace and better world, but to greater results. Beyond gender, race, age, sexual orientation and neurodiversity, a diverse group of people is the best solution for solving problems. 

And since ALL kinds of people use technology, ALL kinds of people should be involved in the building, programming, hiring and securing of this technology. If you can’t be inclusive because it’s the right thing to do, at least be inclusive for better business ROI. You don’t think hackers and other cyber criminals are tiptoeing around diversity, do you?

The mission of Diverse IT is to take a direct and more solution-oriented approach by providing a safe platform for this cause. Through conversational interviews with a wide range of industry folks, I aim to give a voice to the thoughts, ongoing efforts and inspirations of all our guests – and turn the diversity clock forward! 

If you have an inspiring story to tell, I want to hear from you. You might be the next awesome guest on ITSPmagazine’s Diverse IT podcast! 

- Selena Templeton


Upcoming Podcast Episodes

GenCyber Camp for High School Girls
Guests: Kelly Corwin, Lead Camp Instructor | Benjamin Garcia, Camp Instructor
Hosts: Selena Templeton and Sean Martin

Hacking Diversity Conference
Guests: Deidre Diamond, CyberSN  | Patrick Ford, Patrick Ford Leadership Consulting
Hosts: Selena Templeton and Sean Martin

From Liberal Arts to InfoSec
Guest: Theresa Abbamondi, NETSCOUT Arbor

What to Expect from His DEF CON Talk: The Road to Resilience
Guest: Richard Thieme, author and professional speaker who is focused on the deeper implications of technology, religion, and science for twenty-first century life. 

 

Future Topics of Interest

Diversity and Inclusion Beyond Gender and Race
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Unconscious Bias
Neurodiversity (Autism, Asperger's, Introversion, Dyslexia)
Recruitment Pipelines & Underrepresented Talent
Success Stories about Company-wide Diversity
Inclusive Job Descriptions & Hiring Processes
Getting Kids Excited about STEM
Mentorship, Education & Diversity


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For those of you who have been following us for the past two years, this partnership shouldn't come as a surprise. By now you are aware that diversity — and, specifically, DIVERSE IT — has always been center stage on this cybersecurity show that performs At The Intersection Of IT Security And Society. 


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