The #MeToo movement struck a chord with millions of people throughout the world because it gave them the opportunity to speak up about experiences of harassment that they had witnessed or fallen victim to. While most of the early attention was in the entertainment industry, it became evident that harassment is common everywhere – including cybersecurity. So today, RankedRight has pledged its support to Respect in Security, a movement taking a stand against all forms of harassment within the industry, both online and in the workplace.
According to research, a third of cybersecurity professionals have experienced harassment online (32%) and in-person (35%).
Enough is enough.
We fully support the new initiative set up to give victims and potential victims of harassment the knowledge that the industry they have chosen does not support these behaviours. You can sign up too and together we can arm people entering cybersecurity with the knowledge that their peers and employers are there to support them should they ever be targeted.
Here is our pledge:
RankedRight, as a member of the cybersecurity community committed to the prevention of all forms of harassment within our industry, hereby pledges its support for a workplace and community free from harassment and fear.
Harassment is any unwanted physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct that has the purpose or effect of either violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Harassment may be persistent or an isolated incident and may manifest obviously or be hidden or insidious. It may take place in person, by telephone or in writing, including emails, texts, or online communications such as social media. The definition of harassment applies equally to situations of direct communication as it does to situations of active exclusion of individuals, or solicitation of such communication or exclusion.
This pledge applies in the workplace as well as in work-related settings outside the workplace or outside the regular business day. We pledge that:
We will regularly discuss reporting protocol with our employees and ensure that we make a public version of this protocol publicly available for external reference and use.
If you don’t support harassment in the workplace, make your position clear by pledging to Respect in Security. Our industry is making the world safer in many ways – let’s add one more.