A painting spells out "All black trans queer nonbinary woman disabled imprisoned lives matter" on the road surrounding The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif. last June. (Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images)

Diversity metrics can help provide businesses the impetus they need to create a more inclusive cyber workforce, but organizations must not allow these metrics to limit their thinking about what constitutes diversity, warned a panel of security experts Wednesday.

Jerry Davis, former CIO at the NASA Ames Research Center, said he sees metrics as providing useful initial guidance to an organization to ensure they are achieving at least minimal diversity goals. But he doesn’t think organizations should look at diversity strictly as a numbers game.

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