Women in Cybersecurity
Did you know there is a women in cybersecurity conference WiCyS? The goal of the conference is to encourage more women to enter the field of cybersecurity.
Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is a significant shortage of skilled cyber professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally. That shortage becomes even more significant when you consider that 89% of the existing cybermarket is male-dominated with 11% of the professional community consisting of women.
The first study recognizing the industry’s struggles to attract women was published by IEEE Computer Society in 2009 and highlighted the required skills, existing challenges and key success factors for women in the field. One of the findings the study identified was that IT’s “hacker culture” in combination with social expectations was a primary contributor in social and institutional obstacles. Other study’s attribute a lack of educational focus on and interest from women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.