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Navigating the Cybersecurity Frontier and the Pursuit of Diversity

Insights from Orange Cyberdefense's Sales Director, Philippe Giummarra

Philippe Giummarra, Orange Cyberdefense

In the constantly evolving world of technology, cybersecurity has become a major concern for businesses and organizations worldwide.

To better understand the challenges of this crucial field, I had the privilege of interviewing Philippe Giummarra, 42, Sales Director at Orange Cyberdefense.

Based in Morges, Switzerland, the company was born from the merger of two renowned Swiss companies, Telsys and SCRT, specialized in cybersecurity.

Philippe shares his insights on the current landscape of cybersecurity and emphasizes its importance in various sectors. "We work with all sectors; wherever there is IT, there is cybersecurity," he said. "From banks to non-governmental organizations, luxury sector, and public domain entities, cybersecurity is omnipresent and essential for protecting sensitive data and ensuring the smooth operation of computer systems."

However, despite its growing importance, the field of cybersecurity faces major challenges, particularly in terms of human resources. Philippe highlighted the lack of specialized training programs in this field and the low number of qualified professionals in cybersecurity. "The world of cybersecurity is fundamentally a world very poor in profiles," he noted. "The few people trained in our professions are being cannibalized, there's a limited influx of new talent."

Another major challenge facing the sector is gender imbalance. Philippe observed that in the fields of IT, cybersecurity, and telecommunications, men dominate, representing approximately 90% of the workforce. He emphasized the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion to attract more female talent to these fields. "There is still much to be done and to stop saying that mathematics is for boys," he asserted.

As part of its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, the Orange Group has implemented a strategic policy aimed at welcoming and developing all talents. Philippe underscored the company's commitment to creating an inclusive work environment and encouraging the societal engagement of its employees.

In Switzerland, Orange Cyberdefense actively collaborates with educational institutions such as EPFL, UNIL, and HEIG-VD Yverdon, specialized in cybersecurity, to raise awareness among students about career opportunities in the field. "We communicate a lot with these establishments so that students see us, know Orange, and the various professions," Philippe explained.

Cybersecurity plays a crucial role in protecting computer systems and sensitive data in an increasingly connected world. To address current and future challenges, it is essential to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of cybersecurity and provide opportunities for training and professional development for all talents, regardless of their gender or background.

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