- April 5, 2019
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Cybersecurity Leadership- Women now represent 24% of the cybersecurity workforce. While the stronger representation of women in the cybersecurity workforce is encouraging, challenges like wage inequality remain, according to the (ISC)2 2019 Women in Cybersecurity report.
This estimate is a higher percentage than in past reports in part due to the adoption of a new sample methodology that creates a more accurate and holistic representation of the cybersecurity and IT/ICT professionals responsible for securing their organizations’ critical assets.
“The data confirms what we’ve been seeing for the past few years on the ground. More women are coming into the field of cybersecurity with post-graduate degrees and not only working in the trenches but also in the C-suite,” said (ISC)2 CEO David Shearer, CISSP.
“Women in high-level positions will foster more inclusion and inspire young women to join the industry, and there are certainly many exciting opportunities available for those seeking to inspire a safe and secure cyber world. Diversity only makes us stronger.”
Signs of progress
The newest generation of professional entrants into cybersecurity is decidedly more female than in the past. 45% of women surveyed are millennials, compared to just 33% of men. While just 24% of the industry is female today, this will change the face of the cybersecurity profession in the years to come.
Women also bring higher levels of education to cybersecurity. More women (52%) in the survey hold a post-graduate degree than their male counterparts (44%).
The report also found that although men still outnumber women in cybersecurity by about three to one overall, women in the field are advancing to leadership positions. According to survey respondents, higher percentages of women than men are attaining senior leadership and decision-making positions.
- Chief Technology Officer – 7% of women vs. 2% of men
- Vice President of IT – 9% of women vs. 5% of men
- IT Director – 18% of women vs. 14% of men
- C-level/Executive – 28% of women vs. 19% of men
“It’s an encouraging sign that more women are succeeding in cybersecurity and moving up through the ranks,” said Jennifer Minella, CISSP, vice president of engineering & security at Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. and chairperson of the (ISC)2 Board of Directors.
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