One of the benefits of working in the same home office as one of the top teacher librarians in the country is that we're able to bounce ideas off each other. Making cybersafety awareness a part of every educator's professional standard of practice isn't a nice idea in 2022, it's a necessity, but the industry continues to have trouble attracting talent and many teachers have little or no training in it. Alanna has listened to me lamenting the lack of diversity and engagement in the field for many years but this week she offered a solution by linking the DEI research she has been doing to develop an inclusive information management system with the lack of diversity and engagement in cyber.
You might not think that creating a digital media cataloguing system would require much in the way of equity awareness, but it does. How we categorize and deliver data requires a working awareness of DEI or it quickly becomes another means of systemic discrimination. Having used it, Alanna suggested Building Movement Project's Social Change Ecosystem Map as a tool for challenging some of the masculine cultural cues that usually define cybersecurity as a discipline.
|Considering diverse talents and motivations could work as a way to bring more diversity into the field of cybersecurity.
Characteristics of the Roles
|Digital skills remain poor and continue to represent
the most successful opportunity for cyberattackers.
THE SOCIAL CHANGE ECOSYSTEM MAP (2020): https://buildingmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Ecosystem-Guide-April-2022.pdf
A History of Cybersecurity: https://cyber-security.degree/resources/history-of-cyber-security/
Empowering women can help fix the cybersecurity staff shortage: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/09/cybersecurity-women-stem/
Occupational digitalization trends in Canada, 2006-2021: https://fsc-ccf.ca/research/race-alongside-the-machines/
Global Digital Skills Index, 2022: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/salesforceresearch/viz/shared/NNRKYDH37