Attaining DE&I Nirvana in Your Workforce

Jay Hira Explains Why Diversity Is Meaningless Without Equity and Inclusion
Jay Hira, founder and executive director, MakeCyberSimple and board member, ISACA Sydney Chapter

As the business environment becomes increasingly complex and competitive, organizations are realizing the value of diverse teams in order to survive and thrive. A diverse team boosts innovation and enhances problem-solving abilities, productivity and the overall business.

Diversity, equity and inclusion, DE&I, goes beyond a mere representation of minority groups on paper. It requires empowerment and the ability to influence change, offering equal prospects and a sense of belonging.

People in underrepresented groups need to feel empowered and must have a voice in the organization. They must be included in decision-making. Without these core elements, organizations would miss out on the extraordinary benefits that come from a varied workforce.

"I strongly believe that inclusion is that secret sauce for innovation, productivity and success in an organization that brings together individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences," said Jay Hira, founder and executive director, MakeCyberSimple and board member, ISACA Sydney Chapter. "However, the real magic happens when these diverse individuals not only enter into the organization or the workforce through the doors, but they feel that they belong, and they feel that they can contribute meaningfully and bring about change."

In this video interview with ISMG, Hira also discussed:

  • DE&I policies and hiring practices;
  • How inclusion can improve cybersecurity;
  • Creating a DE&I plan and strategy.

Hira is a prominent leader in the cybersecurity industry, promoting innovative strategies, greater inclusion and diversity, and a zero trust mindset. With more than 17 years of global experience, Hira helps businesses protect their valuable data, enhance cyber resilience, gain customer trust, and enable growth.

About the Author

Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira

Sr. Director - Editorial, ISMG

Pereira has nearly three decades of journalism experience. He is the former editor of CHIP, InformationWeek and CISO MAG. He has also written for The Times of India and The Indian Express.

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