Diversity

As a global company, we foster an inclusive and diverse workplace culture that welcomes team members of different backgrounds, thought perspectives and ideas. Our support for diversity and inclusion is one of the key things that draws amazing people to our company and their diverse talent, experiences and voices are integral to our success. We believe that there is simply no other way to solve the complicated, fast-moving challenges that the global cybersecurity environment presents.

That’s why you’ll find diversity at all levels of Palo Alto Networks. We have created a place where talents of every individual are celebrated, nurtured and respected, and one where the workforce reflects the society in which we live. We support numerous internal employee groups, clubs and networks including: veteran’s groups, women in technology, charitable works and more. We believe that our support for diversity and inclusion draws amazing people from different backgrounds to our company. The talent, experiences and voices each individual brings to Palo Alto Networks are integral to our success.

 

“The talent, experiences and voices each individual brings to Palo Alto Networks are integral to our success.”

We frequently attend, speak at or sponsor conferences, lectures and events that add to the rich diversity of talent at Palo Alto Networks. For example, our CEO, Mark McLaughlin, recently joined CEOs from more than 50 industries in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge. To date, this pledge represents the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Over 150 businesses and organizations joined this collective commitment to encourage increased diversity and inclusion in workplaces.

Palo Alto Networks Communities

Palo Alto Networks Communities

 

From mentoring and inspiring young women to pursue professional and technical careers, to helping military veterans transition to jobs in cybersecurity, we share our experience, knowledge, time and resources to give back. Employee communities and support for worthy internal and external organizations engender a strong, diverse and vibrant culture. They exemplify the collective spirit and character of our company and our people.

 

As a company, or as groups of engaged employees, we lend our expertise as speakers or by sponsoring conferences focused on a variety of topics. These efforts include:

  • Palo Alto Networks Women’s Network Community
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
  • Women in Cybersecurity
  • Human Capital Institute (HCI): Inclusive Diversity Conference
  • Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration
  • Fontainblue: When She Speaks Leadership series
  • Woman in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS)
  • TechWomen
  • Teck Talk at the University of Michigan with Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (GEECS)
  • Palo Alto Networks Academy
  • Palo Alto Networks Academy for Veterans

Palo Alto Networks Women’s Network Community

The Palo Alto Networks Women’s Network Community was founded by women who share a passion for helping women succeed in business. Its mission is to help make Palo Alto Networks a world-class company by creating a community that supports and fosters the growth and impact of women. To achieve its goals, the group connects, inspires, educates and encourages women to become their best through personal and professional development, networking and community involvement.

 

A Snapshot of The Women’s Network Community:

 

 

  • Launched in 2015
  • 300 member
  • Ten female leaders
  • Strong executive support from all ‘C’ levels of the company
  • Events: organize, participate in and host networking and other events focused on inspiring and connecting women and men in the technology industry. We also work with external groups and women’s groups from other companies to organize expert panels on topics such as improving women’s skills, career advice, brand building and others.
  • Volunteer with and support non-profit organizations serving local Bay Area communities including:
    • Spearheading the annual Family Giving Tree at Palo Alto Networks to help less fortunate families.
    • Leading the annual backpack collection drive for back-to-school and the delivery backpacks to underprivileged students.
    • Hosting a gift-wrapping party for gifts for The Giving Tree and purchasing and collecting gifts for people in need.

Palo Alto Networks Academy

The Palo Alto Networks Academy provides degree-granting, accredited academic institutions with courseware, certification, training labs, and faculty training – at no cost – to give today's cybersecurity students hands–on knowledge of the leading next–generation security platform. We create partnerships with qualified colleges, universities, and technical institutes to provide next-generation security technology, courseware, certification, and training labs to be implemented as part of your academic cybersecurity curriculum. We currently have more than 160 academy partners (AACs) in 19 countries worldwide.

Palo Alto Networks Academy for Veterans

Palo Alto Networks has pledged to train 400 veterans and transitioning service members over the next five years through the Palo Alto Networks Academy program.

 

Our Veterans Programs team conducted a pilot training program for veterans in February 2016 during which we trained 16 veterans in a one-week course for our ACE Accreditation.

Thought Leadership: Women in Tech

Cyber Defense and Network Security (CDANS)

Pamela Warren, Director of Government and Industry Initiatives at Palo Alto Networks, presented at the 2017 Cyber Defense and Network Security (CDANS) conference on ‘Securing our Networks with women in Cyber,’ in the United Kingdom, and hosted a panel, ‘Women in Cyber.’ She also authored a blog on the topic.

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)

At WiCyS 2017, Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS), Rinki Sethi, Senior Director, Information Security, Palo Alto Networks, presented on ‘Building a Diverse Pipeline Into Cybersecurity.’ Over 1,000 people attended this year’s event.

In addition to providing Sethi as a speaker, Palo Alto Networks also:

  • Sponsored the conference for the second year in a row.
  • Increased our support to the highest level – diamond.
  • Successfully submitted a panel topic, ‘Stories from the Battlefield: Cybersecurity Incident Response’ and hosted it with Palo Alto Networks employees and peers from other companies.
  • Ten members of the our team attended, including our recent intern and new graduate hires.