Palo Alto Networks Joins Workplace Pride as Foundation Leader

Post Date: April 20, 2019

First member from the Cybersecurity sector to join Workplace Pride.

Palo Alto Networks is the leader in global cybersecurity. Committed to creating positive change, the company leads its industry with inclusion and diversity-increasing initiatives and in publicly sharing their workforce diversity data. At a moment in history where data transparency has become increasingly important in relation to sustainable practices, their example is inspiring.

Based in Santa Clara, California, Palo Alto Networks brings together the best and most diverse teams to solve the world’s toughest cybersecurity challenges. They are aware that a diverse and inclusive workforce allows everyone to be their authentic self, belong, connect, realise individual potential, and thrive as part of a team.

It is well known that there is a visible lack of diversity throughout the tech industry and this reality is even more pronounced in cybersecurity. Getting ahead of tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats requires a larger, diverse and innovative team of problem solvers. Yet a study by ISC, Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity, reports that women remain vastly underrepresented in the cybersecurity industry, holding just 11% of cybersecurity jobs globally.

For Palo Alto Networks, the focus on diversity and inclusion is critical to solve their complicated, fast-moving challenges. Their D&I efforts are concentrated in 3 main areas of action. The WORKFORCE, focused on talent pipeline, recruiting and development. The WORKPLACE focused mainly on community and belonging. And the MARKETPLACE, concentrating on customers, value chain and the industry at large.

 “At Palo Alto Networks, we believe a diverse and inclusive culture with people of different backgrounds, thoughts and ideas is instrumental in finding the most creative and effective solutions to the toughest cybersecurity challenges organisations around the world face today. This belief is essential to our culture and to achieve our mission of protecting our way of life in the digital age.
Mark McLaughlin, Vice Chairman of Palo Alto Networks

To further commit to diversity and inclusion regarding LGBTI+ staff, the organisation signed the Workplace Pride Declaration of Amsterdam last January. By signing the Declaration, employers commit to provide a safe, comfortable, equal opportunity workplace and promote authenticity for LGBT employees going beyond minimum legal requirements of equality.

The Declaration of Amsterdam is a 10-point list outlining the “ideal” working situation for LGBTI workplace inclusion. Launched in 2011, it has proven to be a useful tool for employers and civil society organisations.

Workplace Pride Foundation is delighted to welcome Palo Alto Networks as its newest Foundation Leader and to sharing their specialised knowledge with our other members.

For more information, contact Workplace Pride Relationship Manager: Laurens Hoekstra