A Letter from the CORE 2023 

A Letter from the CORE 2023

We created Core to Cloud with a mission to PROTECT.

Providing bespoke solutions with an unbiased approach that puts you first and 2023 has been no different. Back in 2015, following an IT sellers meeting, Mark Liddle and James Cunningham reflected over drinks on the state of our industry. During this casual yet pivotal conversation, they realised their shared ambition to drive significant changes within our sector. 

Inspired by this moment, they began laying the groundwork for what would eventually become Core to Cloud, setting in motion a transformative journey.

This year has been one of change, and we are still in awe of our historical HQ; we are still enjoying being in the castle!

As we reflect on what a year it has been, I want to address a significant issue we have noticed rising consistently at Core to Cloud… and that is the issue of diversity within our sector and STEM overall. 

 

A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives

Imagine a team where everyone thinks the same. Sounds efficient? But in the realm of cybersecurity, it's a recipe for disaster. Here's where diversity plays its winning card. Individuals from various backgrounds bring various perspectives essential for tackling complex cyber threats. Different life experiences mean different approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative and effective solutions. It's like having a multi-faceted lens to examine every nook and cranny of a cybersecurity challenge.

This is more important than ever as our security threat landscape becomes increasingly convoluted, complex and diverse. 

 

Innovation and Creativity: The Dynamic Duo

Diversity is not just a buzzword; it's a proven driver of creativity and innovation. When you mix diverse minds, you're brewing a potent concoction of ideas that can revolutionise how we approach cybersecurity. Varied backgrounds can contribute unique and transformative ideas, which is essential in a field where threats evolve faster than a click.

 

Decision-Making on Steroids

Diverse teams make better decisions. In cybersecurity, where snap decisions are the norm, having a team with varied insights can lead to more balanced and effective choices. Think of it as having your roundtable of knights, each bringing a different weapon to the fight against cyber threats.

 

The Talent Pool Oasis

The cybersecurity world is thirsty for talent. By embracing diversity, we're not just filling gaps but scouting for the best. Expanding our search to include more women and diverse groups means tapping into a reservoir of potential and bringing in fresh talent that can tackle cybersecurity challenges head-on.

 

Global Understanding of Global Threats

Cyber threats don't need a passport to travel. A diverse workforce, fluent in different cultures and languages, becomes an asset in understanding and protecting global markets. For companies with a worldwide footprint, this international understanding is not just beneficial; it's essential.

 

The Magnetic Effect of Reputation

Companies championing diversity and inclusion often enjoy a sparkling reputation. This allure is crucial in attracting top talent and partners who value social responsibility. Who doesn't want to be part of an organisation shaping a more inclusive future?

 

Happy Employees, Stronger Fortresses

Diversity leads to higher job satisfaction when people feel valued for their unique contributions, and engagement skyrockets. In cybersecurity, where experience is gold, higher employee retention means keeping your digital fortresses guarded by the best.

 

Beyond Compliance: Ethical Leadership

Embracing diversity isn't just about ticking boxes. It's about setting a standard for ethical leadership. Companies that prioritise diversity and inclusion comply with regulations and demonstrate a commitment to fairness and equality.

 

Escaping the Echo Chamber

Diversity is the antidote to groupthink. In cybersecurity, where conformity can lead to vulnerability, a diverse team ensures decisions are well-considered and robust. It's like having a built-in checkpoint for every critical security decision.

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

A diverse team reflects the world we serve. In an increasingly global marketplace, understanding the diverse needs of customers is key to designing effective security solutions.

 

The Bottom Line

Incorporating more women and diversity into STEM roles, particularly cybersecurity, is not just the right thing to do; it's a strategic business move. It's about building a dynamic, creative, and resilient team as we face cyber threats. So, let's champion diversity and shape a future where cybersecurity is strong and inclusive. 

How are you going to champion diversity and inclusion moving into 2024?

We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings to Core to Cloud, and I hope you will join us on this journey! 

 

Kelly Allen – CMO of Core to Cloud Ltd



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