ITSP Magazine’s Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | The Why: The DEI Dividend | Cobalt


On ITSPmagazine’s Road to RSA® Conference 2019 podcast, thei guest is Caroline Wong, Chief Security Strategist of Cobalt.  She joins other industry leaders on the first panel of the day, Monday, March 4th, called “The Why: The DEI Dividend” (DEI as in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). Caroline shares a sneak peek into what she’ll be bringing to the table in this discussion, how Cobalt has successfully implemented diversity in the workplace, and who should attend this panel.

In this conversation we touch on:

  • The disadvantage of surrounding ourselves with people who are just like us and think very similarly to the way that we do…and how moving from San Francisco to Portland has given Caroline a new perspective (“It’s not all $20-an-hour parking and avocado toast!”)
  • Is there a tendency to not embrace diversity because of the multitude of options that might get presented and perhaps the disagreements that might come from different viewpoints?
  • Two reasons that Caroline has observed for why the diversity problem isn’t getting fixed.
  • The difficulties for hiring managers to broaden their strategy and hire outside the box – and what the most successful recruiters and hiring managers do to tackle this issue.


About Caroline Wong

       Caroline is a strategic leader with strong communications skills, cybersecurity knowledge, and experience delivering global programs. Her close and practical information security knowledge stems from broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. She has been featured as an Influencer in the Women in IT Security issue of SC Magazine, named as one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud by CloudNOW, and received a Women of Influence Award in the One to Watch category from the Executive Women’s Forum. Caroline authored the popular textbook Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide.

Find Caroline on LinkedIn.



Kicking off conference week is “Solving Our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage,” an inaugural seminar from creators Karen Worstell, CEO of W Risk Group and founder of MOJO Maker for Women in Tech, and Elaine Marino, CEO of Equili and founder of LadyCoders. It’s at:

Moscone Center on Monday, March 4, from 8am to 12 noon.

This is a 4-hour seminar that’s divided into 4 different panels with an incredible line-up of panelists from major companies who will share their success stories around diversity and the cybersecurity talent shortage.

  • Be sure to register for this half-day seminar early, as it is going to fill up fast, and make sure you stay for the whole event as you will have the opportunity to speak to the panelists between sessions for networking/information exchange!

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