In light of the Equifax, Yahoo and NFL cyber attacks, the importance of cyber security is more evident than ever. But what can cyber firms do to keep innovating and stay ahead of attacks?
According to Rubica, the answer is diversity. A full-service cyber security firm whose client roster includes celebrities, start-up founders, bankers and other wealthy elite, Rubica understands the need to stay ahead of the curve.
Chief Operating Officer Frances Dewing, a Washington State attorney with years of experience in the cyber security and security industries, knows that since Rubica is at the cutting edge of cyber security, they have to innovate constantly and think outside the box.
Below, Frances explains how diversity plays a part in the company’s growth:
- If Rubica isn’t creatively solving problems, they’re always going to be behind in terms of cyber criminals
- Diversity is an imperative for innovation – in offering unique perspectives, challenging status quo, and expanding problem solving in new dimensions
- The very institution of the tech industry has a lack of diversity built-in; and if companies don’t intentionally look for that and challenge it, the problem won’t be fixed
Rubica looks at a number of factors when hiring, from skills, experience and collaborative abilities, but one of the core aspects desirable in candidates is adding a diverse perspective to the team.
In a time when cyber criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to attack and hide from the authorities, a fresh point of view is necessary for cyber security firms.
Frances Dewing runs Rubica’s core operations teams, including cyber operations, customer support, finance, legal and human resources. Formerly COO of Concentric Advisors, a consultancy specializing in cyber and physical security for some of the world’s most high-profile figures, Frances was instrumental in building Concentric’s business in Seattle and Silicon Valley. Frances is a Washington State attorney with a JD from the University of Washington.