The hiring of people from under-represented groups, whether it’s racial, nation of origin, sexual identity, etc., is usually non-controversial.
But even non-controversial issues can get elbows flying. The latest example: when Trellix CEO Bryan Palma argued during an RSA keynote last week that the industry needs to do a better job of hiring people from diverse backgrounds.
“Palma drew on data clearing showing that ‘straight white men dominate our industry,’” according to a story about the speech in InfoSecurity Magazine. “He argued that the industry is turning away great, diverse people and consequently ‘doing our industry a disservice. ‘We are neglecting to provide pathways for people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The lack of diversity restricts ingenuity, innovation and our ability to recruit the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.”