Events , Infosecurity Europe 2023 , Infosecurity Europe Conference

Fostering a More Inclusive Culture to Close the Skills Gap

Ed Parsons of (ISC)² on Meeting Underrepresented Groups 'Where They Are'
Ed Parsons, region director, U.K. and Europe), (ISC)²

In the drive to build a more diverse workforce, security organizations are progressing in many ways, such as ensuring that required skills in job descriptions are more inclusive, said Ed Parsons of (ISC)². But he added that job recruiters need to "meet underrepresented groups where they are."

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That means working with "partnerships who can actually engage those communities to make sure that you're attracting a diverse range of candidates in the first place," he said. Hiring for a broader set of transferable skills will naturally attract a broader range of people to cybersecurity, Parsons added.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe, Parsons discussed:

  • The state of the talent shortage today and how companies can avoid creating barriers to new hires;
  • The skills the industry needs today and in the future;
  • A new guide from (ISC)² and the Chartered Institute of Information Security on using inclusive terminology in cybersecurity.

Parsons heads up Europe and the United Kingdom at (ISC)², the world’s largest cybersecurity professional members' organization. He previously led an international cybersecurity consultancy known as a leader in U.K. and Nordic markets, renowned for research and technical expertise. As a cybersecurity professional, he spent several years helping organizations investigate and respond to threats from nation-state actors and organized crime.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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