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Q&A: How Systemic Racism Weakens Cybersecurity
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User Rank: Apprentice
7/24/2020 | 5:26:05 AM
If you don't see systemic racism then you're part of the problem
Her point is that her comments are relevant to EVERYONE and we should all open our eyes to what's around us.  If our workplace/management isn't diversified how will anything ever change?

I nearly didn't comment on this article but then I'm not standing in the gap and speaking up about this issue and then I become part of the problem.

If a tool is selected on its ability to fulfill a need/remove a pain point first, followed by how much then we should be looking at our data/need/pain point before we even start and if our data/need/pain point isn't diverse then we're not fulfilling the need - we're missing HUGE groups of people and HUGE groups of issues that we're not looking into/responding to.

I find it ironic that the article finishes with Stewart leading a discussion session at Black Hat USA Virtual - that's a whole other topic of conversation but at least there's a discussion about systemic racism.
User Rank: Strategist
7/23/2020 | 5:28:59 PM
Re: systemic racism driving cybersecurity
in my experience a tool is selected on its ability to fulfill an need/remove a pain point first, followed by how much?  Other considerations are after these two are next.  

Perhaps her comments are more relevant to the management-level where one moves farther and farther away from tangible deliverables.  When one is the pair of hands on the end of the shovel, the ability to do the work as prescribed, on time, per spec is the first priority.  Where they came from, their gender, or ethnicity aren't a consideration.  The last two hires at my employer were people of color.  They were hired for their technical ability not for any other reason.
User Rank: Strategist
7/23/2020 | 2:19:26 PM
Re: systemic racism driving cybersecurity
please cite the specific actions that can be taken now that haven't been tried before
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
7/23/2020 | 1:49:59 PM
Re: systemic racism driving cybersecurity
I disagree. Camille has shared some specific action items that folks in this industry can do. And these are changes that are long, long overdue.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/23/2020 | 12:53:35 PM
There is no SYSTEMIC racism!
Racism as by definition, will never be fully eradiated.  It does exist unfortunately, but IMHO, very few feel this way. Those that believe that racism is systemic have been covertly misled for decades.  I truly despise articles like this, purporting a topic as fact when in reality there are definitely two sides.  So here we understand that Dark Reading fully supports the notion of "systemic racism" when they shouldn't be supporting any controversial topic whatsoever--even under the guise of technology!  Please, spare all readers in the future, from the sly attempt at passing trendinig fiction as fact and lets use our brilliance to uncover the real truth, no matter what that is--outside a professional technology forum.
User Rank: Strategist
7/23/2020 | 12:34:25 PM
systemic racism driving cybersecurity
All these questions, and the same answers, have been around for at least 40 years.   And if those answers didn't work then, there is no reason to think they will work now.   The problem is that those calling for change want someone, other than themselves, to change.

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