Pictured: The Googleplex, headquarters of Google in Mountain View, California. Camille Stewart, head of security policy at Google Play and Android Google, was one of several RiskSec 2020 Digital panelists discussing ways to improve cyber workforce diversity. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Cybersecurity professionals looking to welcome more diverse talent into their workforce should consider evolving old-fashioned job listings and interview questions, emphasizing business skills and personal qualities over technical skills and certifications, according to a panel of experts.

Edna Conway, vice president and general manager of global security, risk and compliance with Azure at Microsoft, said that organizations can suffer from closed-mindedness when recruiting, preferring individuals who possess a very specific expertise or a certification such as CISSP. But in certain cases, hiring managers may want to do away with such prerequisites.

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