Respect in Security supported by RMGirl
Respect In Security is launching today, it is a new initiative and has been launched in the information security industry to come together and unite organisations to stamp out harrassment and fear within the industry.
Records Management Girl Ltd is here to support it. In doing so, RMGirl – Emily Overton has signed the pledge on behalf of her company Records Management Girl Ltd but also as an individual.
The ‘Respect In Security’ Pledge
Records Management Girl Ltd, 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 work to eliminate harassment, to include all employees, partners, customers, and interactions. Any form of harassment, even when not unlawful or directed at a protected category, will not be tolerated.
We will not tolerate, condone, or ignore any form of harassment no matter where it occurs, or the personnel involved.
We will ensure that staff members are not asked to operate in unsafe organisational or social environments.
We will empower employees, contractors and third parties to come forward with reports without fear of retaliation, and to immediately and respectfully respond without prejudice. We recognise that those reporting harassment are not in any way disloyal to the company or the community, and that everyone deserves to work in a positive environment.
We will protect the anonymity of those reporting suspected violations to the greatest extent reasonably possible.
We will regularly educate employees and contractors what constitutes harassment and why it’s never acceptable, while continually maintaining and actively reviewing our policy and reporting mechanisms.
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.
Records Management Girl commits to not just the above in terms of how we operate but also being a point of contact and support where seen whilst on client site, to speak up and not let anything continue. To let not woman or man be subjected to degrees of harrassment in front. To stay silent is almostas bad as being the perprator as you’re letting it happen.
As an individual, I, Emily Overton:
agree that our profession should be a safe, secure and supportive place and I will ensure my behaviour upholds this belief.
will not harass or abuse others, whether online or in person.
will engage respectfully with my peers with honesty, tolerance and integrity.
Respect In Security Call to Action:
This is a community and we need to treat our fellow infosec professionals with respect. If you’re happy to agree to those behaviours, you can share your support on social media by copying and pasting the below to your social media:
I am proud to be standing with @RespectinSec and making a stand against abuse and harassment in #infosec. #respectinsecurity #stampitout #safeinsecurity
You can also ask your organisations to support the cause and ask them to sign up to the pledge. You can contact the team here.
I look forward to you all joining me on the front line.