Trellix Strengthens Commitment to Soulful Work, Creating Pathways for Underrepresented Talent
LAS VEGAS – Xpand Live – Sept. 29, 2022 – At Xpand Live, Trellix, the cybersecurity company delivering the future of extended detection and response (XDR), announced new efforts to close the cybersecurity industry’s 2.72 million person talent gap.
“Our work is all about protecting people, and there’s nothing more purposeful than this mission,” said Michael Alicea, CHRO, Trellix. “People are seeking meaningful, soulful work, but it requires industry-wide action to remove the unnecessary barriers to entry and build a diverse talent pipeline.”
Cybersecurity’s Soulful Work
Trellix Xpand Live programming reflects the company’s commitment to soulful work, designed to accelerate inclusion for traditionally underrepresented communities within cybersecurity. These avenues for impact include:
- Students: Trellix is hosting undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Southern Nevada, Duke University, Prairie View A&M University, Shenandoah University, St. John’s University, St. Phillips University, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Students receive hands-on training, networking and professional development opportunities, and free eLearning to support skill development.
- Women in Cybersecurity: The average woman in tech leaves her job within 5 to 7 years, costing U.S. employers $9B. Shared at Xpand Live, new research shows surprising reasons for attrition. Influential female leaders will gather for the Xpand Women in Cyber Changemaker Forum to discuss systemic barriers preventing broader inclusion in the industry, to encourage women to take on leadership roles, and promote knowledge sharing. Sessions feature the voices of Sangeeta, Founder & CEO, Gotara; Tammy Smith, Cyber Security Principal Endpoint, FedEx; Deborah Gannaway, President and CEO, DG Technology Consulting; and Kim Anstett, Chief Information Officer, Trellix.
- Accelerator Programs: Professionals from the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) and Latinas in Tech network are joining Xpand Live. They will also have access to hands on training, networking and professional development opportunities. The previously announced HACE-Trellix Cybersecurity Accelerator Program provides a comprehensive mentorship and educational program to encourage and recruit talent in all phases of their career into cybersecurity as a meaningful and rewarding career path.
Investing in a Diverse Workforce
Today, Trellix announced a partnership with St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies to create exciting avenues for its diverse graduates. Trellix is donating services to help to improve students’ cybersecurity skills through curriculum development, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.
This partnership follows Trellix’s recently announced collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) to launch the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Cybersecurity Career Program. African Americans make up only 9% of the cyber workforce. Working with the NCA, Trellix is on a mission to change this.
Trellix unveiled SoulfulWork.com, an industry education and recruiting resource designed for professionals looking to break into cybersecurity. Trellix is committed to changing the industry mindset regarding the talent pool for recruiting the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Watch this compilation of professionals in the growing Soulful Work network sharing their personal stories of cybersecurity #SoulfulWork to learn more.
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