Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity and Technology: Yes, We're Still Talking About It! In This Episode, with The Diana Initiative | A Conversation with Nicole Schwartz | Redefining Society with Marco Ciappelli
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Nicole Schwartz, COO at The Diana Initiative [@DianaInitiative]
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On this episode of Redefining Society, we grapple with the lingering question: Why are we still talking about diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity? We discuss the unresolved challenges and systemic barriers that make this an enduring issue with Nicole Schwartz from The Diana Initiative.
In today's episode of "Redefining Society," I, Marco Ciappelli, dig deep into a conversation that is as pertinent as it is perennial—diversity and inclusion within the realm of technology and cybersecurity. It's a topic that prompts me to utter phrases like, "Why are we still talking about this?" and "I wish we didn't have to discuss it." These phrases are an acknowledgement of the dissonance between our rapid technological evolution and the sluggish moral progression in how we treat one another, both in society at large and within specialized communities.
Why, you may ask, is this conversation appearing on "Redefining Society," a platform typically dedicated to musing on the societal implications of technology, rather than a specialized InfoSec or cybersecurity channel? The answer is simple: The issue of diversity and inclusion transcends the boundaries of any one field. Though today's discussion is deeply rooted in technology and cybersecurity, it is, at its core, a human issue, a societal challenge.
Our guest today is Nicole Schwartz, the COO of the Diana Initiative, an organization founded to address issues affecting underrepresented gender minorities within the tech and cybersecurity spheres. Established informally during a lunch conversation at DEF CON—Hacker Summer Camp—the Diana Initiative started as a gathering point for like-minded individuals. It has since evolved into an organization of significant heft, hosting events and supporting budding professionals in the field.
Why focus on the Diana Initiative today? Because when it comes to addressing the pressing issues of diversity and inclusion, this organization doesn't just walk the talk—it runs. It's an organization that has manifested change so palpably that it has faced "shutdowns" from fire marshals for exceeding capacity—ironically, a glaring testament to the unfulfilled needs and pent-up demands it seeks to address.
The Diana Initiative is a reminder that inclusion is not just a word to be thrown around but a practice to be lived daily. It serves as a physical and conceptual space where marginalized voices can find resonance, away from the discordant echoes of an industry not built with them in mind.
And so, in an age where our virtual identities often speak louder than our physical selves, the Diana Initiative provides an indispensable counterpoint, a reminder that the most significant firewalls we need to break down are not those made of codes and algorithms, but those constructed by prejudice, bias, and societal inertia.
Stay with us as we delve into a conversation that aims to challenge and redefine society's understanding of technology, cybersecurity, and above all, humanity itself.
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