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Palo Alto Networks' Rinki Sethi on increasing diversity in cybersecurity

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Rinki Sethi, senior director of security operations and strategy for Palo Alto Networks, spends a lot of time thinking about how to attract a more diverse workforce in the cybersecurity field, where only 11% of workers are women. To that end, she's helping the company create a curriculum for 18 cybersecurity badges for the Girl Scouts, which will launch next year.

Why it matters: While the gender gap is pervasive throughout the tech industry, it's even more pronounced in the highly technical security sector. Sethi has held security operations roles at Wal-mart.com, eBay, and Intuit, and she says hiring managers need to focus on doing one simple thing: looking for candidates who are different than themselves.

Here are some highlights from Sethi's recent chat with Axios: