The #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign that took over the Twitter pages of the country’s cybersecurity leaders last week is being formalized thanks to a partnership between the movement’s founders and a think tank.
Camille Stewart, co-founder of #ShareTheMicInCyber, said #ShareTheMicInCyber will be working with New America on a diversity initiative funded by Google, Twitter, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
“We are excited to expand the impact of #ShareTheMicInCyber by creating a fellowship that will allow for sustained and deeper impact,” Stewart said.
A fellowship will be created for 2020 that will be centered around researching diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity industry, nurturing a stable of mentors and organizing professional development activities.
“In an environment where there are so many cyber positions unfilled and we are facing cyber threats that are increasing in complexity and scale we must capitalize on the innovation and understanding of people that diversity brings to get ahead of threats and fill staffing gaps,” Stewart, who works as global head of product security strategy at Google, told ZDNet.
“Intentional investment in changing the face of the industry, elevate and invest in diverse talent, promote diverse talent, change hiring and retention practices to allow for nontraditional backgrounds and experiences, and create and inclusive empathy-driven cultures