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One of the biggest reasons for gender disparity in cybersecurity was the lack of a role model. The problem here is the fact that men make up for a majority of key commenters and high-profile influencers.

Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception and Marketing Officer, Attivo Networks:

I strive to be a catalyst of change and a role model for changing that trend. New and diverse perspectives are the key to innovation and it is critical for the advancement in the cybersecurity and technology spaces. I am a strong advocate both in my work environment as well as in volunteer activities to help educate and drive advancement of women in technology. Attivo Networks has been aggressive in its college graduate hiring program and I have taken this opportunity to bring several millennial women on to the team. I often speak with undergrad and MBA students at Santa Clara University and I have spoken at When She Speaks, WITI, and most recently at the Silicon Valley TIE CMO Inflect event. This helps me build relationships, introduce cybersecurity as a career path, and actively recruit. For our newly hired recruits, we conduct weekly training on cybersecurity, our technology, and how to apply our technology to solve cybersecurity issues. We also encourage the team to participate in external training forums like ISC2, SANS, ISSA and Cybrary. Notably, my team is ¾ women.

I believe I have the ability to retain and continue to attract women because they feel welcome, the company culture promotes learning, and we offer on-the-job training to help them gain additional technical expertise. We also appreciate that people are learning, and openly provide opportunities for employees to apply their learnings while providing direct feedback on what went well and where they need to focus to advance. I also encourage the women on the team to stretch beyond their comfort zone. I have found that many women want to master an area before they make a commitment to advance. They sometimes tend to shy away from jobs or projects where they don’t have all the skills, whereas their male counterparts tend to be willing to go out on a limb and apply for jobs they are not fully qualified for. Throughout my career,

I have always sought out jobs that had scared me in some way. The skill or experience that I was missing, presented me with the opportunity to grow and be challenged. I encourage others to take big steps, but to also do this smartly by learning from others who have the skills, taking classes, or reading everything you can so that you become an expert in these new disciplines as well.

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