Experts claim that a shortage of Black cybersecurity leaders is hindering job retention
By Nate Dillard
The big picture: Despite recent efforts to hire additional talent, the absence of visible Black cybersecurity leaders inhibits the growth and retention of Black professionals in the field, according to Axios.
- Partnership investments with historically Black schools and institutions have grown, but it remains difficult to foster a supportive work environment.
By the numbers: In 2021, there were only 6.8% black CISOs, and they made less money on average than their white and Asian counterparts.
- Meanwhile, 15% of the entire cybersecurity workforce is made up of Black talent.
What we're hearing: Experienced professionals in the field and hiring managers stress the need of having Black executives to demonstrate the organization is welcoming of Black hires and has an inclusive culture.
Between the lines: Black new recruits frequently experience racial microaggressions and are forced to educate their white coworkers about Black culture.
What's next: Companies must pay attention to more than simply recruitment when it comes to new Black hires. A few changes have been made, such as Camille Stewart Gloster's role in leading the supply chain security and cyber workforce projects, and the appointment of Black woman and acting national cybersecurity director Kemba Walden.
The bottom line: Black talent in the cybersecurity sector must be retained and promoted in an inclusive and diverse environment.
The community angle: For BIPOC and underrepresented communities of color in Dayton, Ohio, increased representation and support in the cybersecurity field may create more opportunities and provide positive role models. This could contribute to breaking down barriers and fostering a more inclusive environment in the industry.