About the Making Space Initiative:

The modern field of cybersecurity would not exist without the work of women, people of color, and other thought leaders from underrepresented communities. The Making Space Initiative aims to increase representation and encourage a diversity of experts on cyber-policy related panels. It launched in October 2020 with more than 20 think tanks, universities, foundations, corporate partners and individuals. Signers of the Making Space Pledge dedicate themselves to hosting or supporting panels that represent the wide diversity of scholars and experts in the cybersecurity space––individuals who do not often receive enough public recognition for their work and its impact.

About the CyberBase

The CyberBase is an online database for Black professionals in the cybersecurity field. This resource is aimed at supporting and empowering them to help address the national security challenges of tomorrow. It is a project of the Making Space Initiative. It launched in October 2021.

About R Street

R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. The Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats department is the center for R Street’s work on cybersecurity threats to national, state and private sector organizations, as well as the international balance of powers, military strategy and other emerging national security issues.

For more information about the “Making Space” pledge, please email makingspace@rstreet.org.

About #ShareTheMicInCyber

#ShareTheMicInCyber is a movement started by Camille Stewart and Lauren Zabierek with the aim of addressing issues stemming from systemic racism in cybersecurity. The social media campaign highlights the experiences of Black practitioners in this field, catalyzes a critical conversation on race in the industry, and shines a light on Black practitioners’ accomplishments to showcase them as experts in their fields all while creating professional opportunities and bringing the cyber community together.

#ShareTheMicInCyber started as an online conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn but has become so much more! #ShareTheMicInCyber’s is breaking down barriers in the cyber industry through individual and collective ACTion. The dedication and vulnerability of the cyber community is driving the growth and sustained impact of #ShareTheMicInCyber through creativity, partnerships, and shared desired to drive change. Each participant and partnership is seeking to breakdown the barriers to entry in to the field created by systemic racism.

To learn more, visit the #ShareTheMicInCyber website.

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