March 08, 2017
Are We Failing At Forward Thinking In Cyber Security?
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Stereotypes are never a good thing as they can damage our perception of what truly matters. If we were to picture a hacker, many tend to imagine a guy wearing a hoody with a Guy Fawkes' mask by his side. When we think of a cyber security professional, usually, the picture stays the same, with few exceptions - there is no mask and they act to protect and not to compromise systems. Since most of the time, 'black hat hackers' are hidden behind screens and the only trace of their presence is cyber-attacks, it would be hard to assess how diverse their community is. However, given more accessible information about the cyber security world, the portrait of an average security analyst, engineer or architect - would be a white male. This could have been a stereotype if it wasn't generally the reality.

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