A noticeable imbalance in the ratio of men to women is often the first thing that comes to mind when one talks about diversity. Cybersecurity and diversity are two words that are often not discussed together in the open. Experts suggest that the cybersecurity industry needs a cultural overhaul, and women need to understand that they have the capacity to stand shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts.
|“Women account for only 20 percent of the cybersecurity workforce”|
The growing skill-gap
It has been predicted that by 2021, 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will stay unfilled globally. A burning glass study states that for every job opening, there is a pool of only 2.3 employed cybersecurity workers. A report by the World Economic Forum stated that there is a lack of cybersecurity employees in the United States due to the lack of security for digital privacy and infrastructure. It also says that there are more than 200,000 jobs postings requiring cybersecurity related skills, however, employers are facing difficulty in filling these positions.
Creating a Diverse Cybersecurity Industry
Why diversity in cybersecurity matters?
The technology industry is often perceived to be a male-centric industry. While there are women in the industry who are creating a variety of software and languages, their representation when compared to their male counterparts remains small. Similarly, in the cybersecurity industry, there is a noticeable imbalance in the number of men to women. According to Sharon Smith, “from a strictly pragmatic perspective without more women, we will never have enough people to close the gap on the million-plus job openings predicted in this field.”
Smith also said that women think differently, lead differently, and solve problems differently, which is what the industry currently needs. Experts believe that the recruitment of more women can be a way to solve the skill gap problem. Several studies have revealed that diverse groups are better at problem-solving compared to similar ones.
|“The solutions for attracting more women will not come from just one source. It has to start with girls and young women who are in school trying to decide what they want to do with their career, seeing female role models in this field” – Sharon Smith, founder of C-Suite Results|
Diversity is not limited to gender; it is a combination of backgrounds, gender, education, skills, and experience. The absence of even one in an industry can prove to be fruitless.
|“Tech and cybersecurity are, on a broad scale, viewed as jobs for men—by women and men, fathers and mothers, CEOs, teachers and so on. We need a significant cultural overhaul. A female having a career in cybersecurity needs to become a social norm, not a rarity. This starts in schools, where we need to encourage girls to have the confidence to do whatever they want, even if traditionally, it was seen as ‘boyish” – Tara O’Sullivan, CMO at Skillsoft|
Having a better workforce in the cybersecurity industry would lead to better results and closing of the skill gap in this industry. The fact that the increase in the number of cyber breaches is the result of human error is overwhelming. This problem can only be resolved when a diverse group of employees is available for recruitment.
An initiative by EC-Council University
EC-Council University offers multiple online programs and degrees in cybersecurity. To celebrate womanhood and diversity in the field of cybersecurity, the university, for the month of March. is offering a $2000 scholarship to women candidates. This scholarship is open to all those women candidates who wish to apply for the scholarship and is eligiblefor the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) or Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS) .
Women account for only 20% of the cybersecurity workforce
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