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Calling all allies. What exactly is an ally? How is it that one becomes an ally? According to Merriam-Webster, an ally (noun) is "a person, group, or nation associated or united with another in a common purpose." An ally to women in technology, as an example, would work to make our industry more diverse and inclusive while supporting women within our ranks, and those interested in joining the cybersecurity field.
Becoming such an ally for women in cybersecurity is not hard. You do not have to be a woman. In fact, some of the strongest allies of women in technology are men. You just need to feel responsibility for an inclusive workplace and industry as a whole. There is a great list shared by LeanIn.org that lays it out nicely for anyone interested in learning how to be a stronger ally of women in the workplace. LeanIn.org actually describes it as a list for women to support other women, but I think that it works for anyone looking to support women and fits in well with our industry.
Last month, the CyberWire was awarded the Media AYA 2021 award as part of the Ally of the Year Awards (AYA) 2021. These awards recognize those who work to advance equality and make a substantive difference for women in technology in ten categories. The CyberWire was a finalist in the Media AYA category in 2020, and our team was honored and thrilled to be named the winner in 2021. At the CyberWire, we would like to see a greater dialogue within and among our community about the importance of allyship. Having others join our cause so that we can work together for better representation of women across the community so that in the near term, increased diversity will not be a need, but rather the norm. To that end, if you are a Daily Podcast listener, you will soon hear interviews with the winners of the AYA21 awards and Carmen Marsh, the woman behind the awards. Thank you for your allyship, and stay tuned.
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