Building a Better Cybersecurity Strategy: The Role of Diversity with Ayan Islam [S3E01]

Tech Policy Grind
Tech Policy Grind
Building a Better Cybersecurity Strategy: The Role of Diversity with Ayan Islam [S3E01]

Tech Policy Grind Podcast

This is the Tech Policy Grind Podcast by the Internet Law and Policy Foundry. If you’re an old listener, you may have noticed this show has been on hiatus for a while. If you’re new here, welcome! We’re overjoyed to be back. We’re here to bring you fascinating conversations on cutting-edge topics in the internet and technology law and policy space.

I’m Reema Moussa, and I’m a Fellow with the 4th class of ILP Foundry Fellows. Each week, we’ll hear from different Fellows as they speak with experts across the field. From government, to the private sector, civil society and academia, and everything in between. Together, we’ll learn all about new legal and policy developments in tech to watch out for, emerging technologies and their societal impacts, and the current conversations on the table between the big players in the field.

Now, for today’s episode. It’s Women’s History Month, and diversity, equity, and inclusion is finally working its way into the mainstream within the tech field. However, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Particularly, women currently represent only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce.

Today, I sat down with Ayan Islam of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in cybersecurity. We discuss the state of diversity in cyber, the implications of the lack of female and other underrepresented groups in the field, and what CISA is doing to make a change.

Additional Notes:

Connect with Ayan Islam on LinkedIn here, and check out these great resources from CISA that we discussed in our chat;

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