“Hackers in hoodies”: How to smash cyber stereotypes for better hiring

“Hackers in hoodies”: How to smash cyber stereotypes for better hiring

Cyber security firm CyLon has incubated and grown nearly £1bn worth of startups. But co-founder and veteran entrepreneur Grace Cassy says she’s most proud of Cylon Go – the programme that offers grants and support to underrepresented cyber talents. Here, the former security advisor to PM Tony Blair reveals her tips for finding – and holding onto – diversified cyber talent


Grace Cassy, co-founder of CyLon, has her eye on the future. Since 2015, her company has supported more than 100 early-stage cyber firms from hubs in London and Singapore, and is the fifth most active investor in cyber security globally. 

But it’s not all about profit. Citing a “moral duty”, Cassy launched the Cylon Go programme this year to grow the number of people from underrepresented backgrounds entering the cyber workforce.

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