As technology advances every single day, the need for talent continues to be a critical issue. A serious workforce shortage threatens the growth and innovation of the technology industry on a global level. But there is a solution- as noted by Theresa J. Whitmarsh, former CEO of the Washington State Investment Board, “If you exclude 50% of the talent pool, it’s no wonder you find yourself in a war for talent.” Due to exclusion based on bias and other barriers, diversity within the tech workforce is historically and currently dismal. In addition, the exclusion of various populations negatively affects technology development; It is imperative that all perspectives are driving the innovation of technology to ensure applicability to all users.
Building diversity and inclusion in cyber careers is one of the ways to address the workforce crisis and ensure innovation that meets all perspectives. One in Tech removes barriers to ensure untapped individuals receive equitable access to begin and advance their career within the Cybersecurity and IT Audit professions.
Build a diverse and inclusive global community of Cybersecurity and IT Audit professionals.
Provide opportunity for under-represented individuals to enter security professions and support the advancement of untapped talent into leadership positions.
Remove barriers to ensure the Cybersecurity and IT Audit professions are accessible for all
One in Tech is laser-focused on three strategies to reach our mission:
As an Accelerator, One In Tech provides a new vision for SheLeadsTech to support women in advancing their careers into leadership positions. Our work will include creating toolkits, events, and resources that identify and provide pathways to educational, professional, and career-building opportunities for under-represented populations. OIT will also launch Allyship as a component of the SLT focus.
One In Tech as a Funder supports continuous learning through a robust Scholarship Program awarding funding to individuals who are of a population under-served and/or under-represented in the tech space. The over 100 scholarships presented in 2 annual cycles include both academic and professional development awards. By providing funding and resources, OIT Scholarships are designed to secure, accelerate, and retain career trajectories and, subsequently, narrow the workforce gap by pipelining untapped talent into employment opportunities. OIT is also providing matched funding and management for ISACA chapters who want to give back within their own regions and communities.
In the role of Connector, One In Tech is coordinating global stakeholders to shape a collective agenda on advancing inclusion to narrow the workforce gap in the industry.