Diversity in Technology: Why It Works

Presented by

Sushila Nair, Principal Consultant at NTT Security

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Are you a woman in technology or perhaps an organization looking to create a welcoming space for a diverse workforce? The statistics show a dismal picture, only 25% of the computing workforce are women, 3 % are African-American , 5% are Asian and 1% are Hispanic women. This session Sushila Nair's life as an ethnically diverse woman from her entrance into engineering as one of four women in a class of 230 men, to the world of computer security moving from New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Europe and the USA, working in both multinationals and small companies and having a whale of a time doing it while being unabashedly female. This talk includes tips and suggestions drawn from real life experience on how to survive and thrive in this field and what companies can do to create a diversified workforce. Presenter Info: Sushila Nair, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC Principal Consultant, NTT Security Sushila has 20 year's experience in computing infrastructure, business and security and has worked in a number of diverse areas — telecommunications, risk analysis, credit card fraud, and has served as a legal expert witness. Sushila worked with the insurance industry in Europe and America on methods of underwriting e-risk insurance based on ISO27001. She has published numerous articles in the computing press, and has spoken at Microsoft TechED, SEGURINFO, TechMentor, FinSec and many other global technical events on diverse subjects ranging from encryption to security baselines. She is on the board of the Washington DC chapter of ISACA and a member of the cloud and NICE NIST working groups.

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Women make up only 37% of the tech workforce at entry level, and this percentage drops with each incremental advance in their careers. This series will outline the current state of the tech industry, the challenges women are facing in hi-tech careers, as well as shed light on the opportunities that are opening up for women in tech.