Offsetting Dunbar by Developing Diversity

Some of you may be familiar with the Dunbar Number, 150, being the maximum amount of relationships one individual can maintain successfully. Having recently surpassed this number ourselves, this is the perfect opportunity to think more about how we foster culture, diversity, and learning.

As we enter into our seventh year as a company, we will be launching a few initiatives to refocus and prioritize diversity and learning at Digital Shadows. Namely, I am excited to announce that we will be launching a Women’s Network.

During our London Office Launch on April 26th, our CEO, Alastair Paterson told the story of his relative being one of the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War II. At that time, over 70% of the individuals involved were women. Now, women make up just over 10% of individuals working within the Cyber Security Industry. That is not progress.

We want to change that. Currently, Digital Shadows is made up of 32% women, but this isn’t enough. A diverse workforce and safe environment is demonstrably the right thing to do, but there are also tangible business benefits to having talent that doesn’t think the same. In order for us to provide best in show intelligence, we need a difference of backgrounds and experiences to make more informed decisions and to rely less on group think. This doesn’t stop at gender, but continues with culture, age, and language as well.

The more we can nurture the exceptional differences we have, the more comfortable we will be to innovate, to challenge the way in which we understand both the cyber world and how we provide service to our clients, and also how we foster the development of the incredible individuals that make Digital Shadows so unique. One of our four values after all is, “All about People”.


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