Why aren’t there more women in cybersecurity?

Gender gap issues have been a hot topic for many industries lately. Whether it be pay gaps in Hollywood, or the lack of women in the cybersecurity and IT industries, it is a growing issue and people are calling for a change.

The IT/technology field has been a heavily male-dominated industry for many years. Women in technology fields have to overcome stereotypes, pay gaps and gender gaps to get into higher level positions in the industry. Check out these three statistics that highlight the issue:

  1. A recent Reuters article stated that in the Bay Area alone, more than one third of the 223 largest publicly traded companies in the area lacked women in top positions, with either having just one or no women in a high-level role.
  2. The number of women in cybersecurity is even less. A report sponsored by ISC2 and Booz Allen Hamilton found that in 2013 women made up just 11 percent of global cybersecurity workforce and only nine percent were in senior leadership roles.
  3. The cybersecurity gender gap is growing. The current burgeoning workforce is not leaning towards careers in cybersecurity, and the ones who are, are tend to be men. Raytheon and NCSA’s annual cyber study found that 52 percent of women “felt [that] no cybersecurity programs or activities were available to them”.

Cybersecurity: Recruiting Women

Many are coming to realize that this is an issue, and that women need to be more represented in the information security to keep up with the growing lack of talent in the industry.

Cybersecurity recruiting needs to focus on attracting and retaining women in these positions. ISC2 released their “Women in Security: Wisely Positioned for the Future of InfoSec” report, which states that new hires in cybersecurity should be paired with a mentor and recommended that companies adapt their training programs to focus on retaining women employees.Women in Cybersecurity Working

Additionally, information security’s current “military” wording, could deter women from entering the field. Cybersecurity has always gone hand-in-hand with the military, hence the verbiage. But in 2013 only 14.5 percent of the military’s active duty were women. While this is not a clear reason as to why women are not more attracted to the field, it could play a role.

Organizations are now focusing their security recruitment and training to include women. The SANS Institute launched the CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women in October 2015. This will help women, “fast-track their careers in the cybersecurity field.”   Companies are starting to realize the need to invest in training for their current and future employees.

SilverBull can help you with your security recruitment needs and we can help you find women who are interested in cybersecurity careers. Visit our site to learn more.