Minorities Hold More Master’s Degrees But Less Leadership Roles

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By Selena Templeton, host of DiverseIT

David Shearer of (ISC)² Inc. and Julian Waits of International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for Diverse IT about a recent industry study on the lack of diversity in cybersecurity.

(ISC)² released a report in partnership with ICMCP called Innovation Through Inclusion: The Multicultural Cybersecurity Workforce. The study found that although minority representation in cybersecurity is higher than the overall U.S. workforce (26% vs. 21%), these professionals are disproportionately absent in leadership roles despite that minorities are more likely to hold a master’s degree or higher, compared to their Caucasian counterparts. 

Tune in to hear about the role that generation and geography have on diversity, Julian’s personal story of being the only African-American in meetings, and how a lack of workplace diversity affects your business imperative. David and Julian also offer measures that can be taken by organizations to help foster the success of minority professionals in leadership roles.

About Our Guests

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Julian Waits is the former CEO of ThreatTrack Security and serves as the Chairman of ICMCP’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Julian is an accomplished chief executive, business development professional, risk-management strategist and sales leader with a tenured background in information security.He also has extensive experience in the venture capital arena, leading tech companies through periods of rapid growth, innovation and transition.

He has more than 20 years of experience at all levels of IT, from network engineer to sales and previous roles as CEO, when he led Brabeion Software Corporation, maker of IT governance, risk and compliance software, and Way2Market360 LLC., a startup accelerator. He also held senior leadership positions at Archer Technologies, e-Security and BNXSystems.

He is an alumnus of both Loyola University of New Orleans and Xavier University.

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David Shearer, CISSP, is CEO of (ISC)², and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education.

David has more than 30 years of business experience, and as (ISC)² chief executive officer he is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization.

Previously, he held the position of associate Chief Information Officer for International Technology Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and executive for architecture, engineering and technical services at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He has been responsible for managing and providing services via international IT infrastructures and has implemented large-scale SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. He has also led large geographically-separated staffs that support global solutions.

David holds a B.S. from Park University, in Parkville, MO, an M.S. from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY, and has management and technical certificates from the U.S. National Defense University. He is also a U.S. Federal Executive Presidential Rank Award recipient.

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