Onyx Point was a finalist for the 2020 MD Cybersecurity Awards’ Cybersecurity Diversity Award. We did not win but had a great time at the online ceremony. One of the things that struck me the most was the sense of community at the event. Although it was only a few presenters and an online chat, one could tell that people knew and were comfortable with each other based on sincere congratulations, silly jokes, and creative acceptance speeches.
As a believer in diversity and inclusion, it touched me how open and inclusive the local Cybersecurity community is. I am part of the local DevOps community and feel that this community is also incredibly inclusive and diverse. This feeling of community is also important within our company, and I am hoping this is helping with Onyx Point’s attempt to continue improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Early in February, one of our co-workers gave us an opportunity to work with a group of young women in middle school interested in STEM. A few of us got together with the young women, and with the guidance of one of our own homegrown middle-schoolers, we selected a resource and a project to do. The middle-schoolers even went as far as to help us think up some hashtags for the event (#girlsdotech #girlsrule #supergirltech). After Onyx Point, LLC. agreed to supply us a room and some snacks, we advertised, planned some more, and rehearsed until the event happened. It was a huge success!