|Summary: A DEI mindset is embedded into Cyvatar’s corporate culture through constant updating to keep pace with current issues, cultures, and generations. With its DE&I partner, Cyvatar holds regular workshops and conducts regular assessments to ensure the best possible employee experiences.|
What products or services does your company produce?
Cyvatar is leading the future of cybersecurity with effortless, fully managed security subscriptions. As the first cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) provider, Cyvatar empowers its members to achieve successful security outcomes by providing the people, process, and technology required for cybersecurity success. Solution assessment, installation, configuration, remediation, and maintenance are all included in a fixed monthly subscription that members can cancel anytime.
How long has your company been in business?
Cyvatar has been in business since 2019.
What specific diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives has your company undertaken? Please include documentation from company handbooks or policy manuals.
Cyvatar works closely with a DEI organization that specializes in measuring inclusion with a mission to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Through recurring assessments, metrics and reporting, Cyvatar is able to see where they stand as a company in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, receive recommendations and implement any changes that will assist in providing a more inclusive workspace for all Cyvatar employees. This includes any additional DEI training needed as the team expands and changes.
In addition, Cyvatar presents a grant (the CyLove Grant) every six months to select organizations that are working to make a difference in their industry, need the protection and support afforded by comprehensive cybersecurity services, solutions and talent, but cannot afford it at the moment. CyLove Grant recipients receive six months of Cyvatar’s Cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS), including a dedicated virtual Chief Information Security Officer and team to advise on and identify areas of vulnerabilities; threat vulnerability management services; and reduced cybersecurity risks.
Cyvatar has also received a minority-owned certification through National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) with an MBE Certification.
Does your company offer training for current managers to ensure they are employing inclusionary hiring practices, and are they held accountable for doing so?
Yes. Through its DEI partner program, Cyvatar offers DEI training for all employees – from top level executives and managers, to support staff and interns. All employees are held accountable, and managers and top level executives who participate in the hiring process, do so with this particular training top of mind.
Explain how your diversity programs have evolved over time?
Diversity, equity and inclusion have been embedded within Cyvatar, from the beginning, as pillars in our business, and as the company has grown to where it is today. The programs and initiatives that are in place at Cyvatar to implement and promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the company are constantly updated to stay current with all different issues, cultures and generations. The evolution of DEI initiatives at Cyvatar change, update and grow as the world itself continuously shifts.
Please detail the success of your diversity programs? Include statistics supporting an increase in hiring or promotions of those in under represented communities in your response.
Since its inception, Cyvatar has proudly been a steady culturally diverse and gender diverse/fluid executive team and organization, with roughly 50% men/women. That filters all the way through the rest of the organization. Also since inception, Cyvatar has been globally distributed by design and is empathetic to the work/life balance of all lifestyles.
How do you measure the success of your diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives?
Cyvatar continues to exceed benchmarks in company growth due to its diversity and inclusion initiatives, and through its DE&I partner, holds regular workshops and conducts regular assessments to ensure the best possible employee experiences.
Specifically when it comes to people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, the disabled, and members of other social identity groups, what specific steps have you taken to encourage applicants from these communities to seek employment with your company?
Cyvatar ensures that the company continues to elevate its level of diversity within the non-white communities, the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, the disabled, and other social identity groups by posting open positions on alternative job boards, sites and outlets that specifically target those demographics, including the Aleria hiring and recruiting platform.
What steps are you taking to ensure representation of under represented groups in management and board-level positions?
Throughout Cyvatar’s hiring process and practices, the company ensures they have a diverse candidate pool for all positions, including management and board-level positions. New hires are pulled from this diverse candidate pool, and job openings are posted on alternative jobs boards specifically targeting under-represented communities.
Do you have any initiatives to give back to underprovided communities? What about other minority groups?
Cyvatar works closely with the Boys & Girls Club, providing sponsorship as needed, and also participating in mentoring through the Club. In addition, through the CyLove Grant program, Cyvatar directly supports the Latinx community, and the Asia-Pacific community through free cybersecurity services and support.
Are there other initiatives your organization supports to help equip people in disadvantaged communities to better compete for tech-related careers?
In addition to mentoring with local Boys & Girls Clubs, Cyvatar employees also mentor college students studying cybersecurity. Cyvatar leadership sits on the Board of Advisors for Cal State Pomona, and has been mentoring students for over 10 years in the cybersecurity program.
Cyvatar participates heavily with Cyversity, a program whose mission is to achieve a consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to diversify, educate and empower, with support and mentorship to program attendees.
What specific plans are in place at your organization to help you become even more diverse in the future?
Along with continuing all of the current initiatives and processes in place at Cyvatar to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the company, Cyvatar plans to expand its internship program to bring in even more diverse talent by focusing on pulling in applicants and college students from all different backgrounds.
The company is looking forward to the future, continuing to diversify its own workforce and that of the entire cybersecurity industry, sourcing the best talent it can find across all demographics and backgrounds.
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