CyberWire honored Cylance as one of their premier sponsors, and it was a great opportunity for myself and some of our staff to participate, network, and speak from the heart to a room full of talented women.
Diversity in the workforce and being able to support other women in the security field are really important initiatives for both myself and for Cylance. Diversity drives creativity and innovation, and without it, companies become stagnant.
But with robust diversity in the workforce, companies tend to grow, expand, remain competitive, and deliver more meaningful solutions to the marketplace, which are some of the issues I spoke about at the networking event.
- Over 1 million cybersecurity roles unfulfilled (why do you want to be in this sector?)
- 20%-23% women in technology sector (not all in a tech role, as many are in HR, administration, marketing, customer service roles)
- 11% of cybersecurity workforce globally are women (too few)
- Less than 10% of those women are in leadership roles director level and above (way too few)
- Gender pay gap: Women earn about 14% less than men (yet they do the same work)
These statistics have not really improved over the years, except for the number of cybersecurity positions that continue to rise due to the fact that we have a skills gap, regardless of gender.
Here are some key questions to ask yourself:
Why be Part of Cybersecurity?
- More Opportunities: Great opportunity to learn and be involved in something to make the world a safer place (passion in what you do and what you believe in).
- More Leadership Roles: Great opportunity to take on a (Read more...)
This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by May Mitchell. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog