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Security Startup Censys Beats Tech Industry Benchmarks for Women’s Equality

Happy Women’s Equality Day. In honor of this event, we are happy to announce that Ann Arbor security startup Censys has surpassed tech industry benchmarks in total women at the company, as well as women in technical roles. Censys prides themselves on their role helping more women enter the cybersecurity industry.

Benchmarks For Women in Tech

  • Censys is now at 41% female identifying employees with 33% women in technical roles.
  • Women hold approximately 28% of jobs in the tech industry and 21% of technical roles overall.

Next Up, Full Gender Parity

Many tech startups are working toward gender parity, but it’s not a simple equation, because women drop out of the tech workforce or don’t have the same opportunities to enter it as far back as college. Censys is aiming to work toward full gender parity next year in the following ways to bridge that gap:

  • In 2022, Censys’s goal is to reach full gender parity at 50% and increase diversity in both technical and executive leadership roles. 
  • Censys has committed to annual pay equity reviews and consistently reporting diversity metrics to make sure the efforts are moving the needle.
  • Out of all of Censys’s employee resource groups, the women’s group boasts the highest belonging scores on employee engagement surveys.

Tech has a long ways to go in gender equality, so we’ll celebrate the wins where we find them. Great job on the continuing effort, Censys!

August 26, 2021

About Author

laurakcowan Laura K. Cowan is a tech editor and journalist whose work has focused on promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets. A deep study of narrative journalism, storytelling and sustainable technology allows Ms. Cowan to draw out the meaningful stories of best practices from diverse professionals in an exploration of the culture and trends in emerging industries. She is currently Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Midwest tech news blog Cronicle Press. Ms. Cowan’s writing and speaking have appeared with Automobile Quarterly, Writer Unboxed, Inhabitat, CNBC, The Ann Arbor Observer, and The National Society of Newspaper Columnists.


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