Breaking Into the Boys Club: Career Advice for Aspiring Female Cybersecurity Pros

When it comes to recruiting new talent, the cybersecurity industry is facing a big challenge. The supply of qualified candidates is far short of demand: data shows there are 300,000+ open cybersecurity positions in the U.S. right now — a number ISACA predicts will grow to 2 million openings by as early as next year.

With the average cybersecurity salary double — sometimes triple — the national average across all other sectors, why does the industry struggle to recruit and retain talent? The data suggests it might be marketing problem.

Of the 768,000 employed cybersecurity pros in the U.S., just 11% are women. Yet overall, women make up nearly 47% of the workforce. And, according to Kaspersky Lab, most women decide against a career in cybersecurity before age 16.

Simply put, women are not buying what the cybersecurity job market is selling.

So, what does lead women to pursue a career in cybersecurity, and what can we do eliminate the stigma that’s driving women away from one of the highest-paying careers in the country? To help bring light to the challenges and obstacles women face when entering the cybersecurity workforce, we asked Cisco Systems Security Systems Engineer Tina Caldarone and Technical Director and Head of R&D at Avoco Secure Susan Morrow for insights on what it’s like being one of the 11%. Like many security professionals, Tina and Susan entered the industry after first pursuing careers outside of cybersecurity. In the following Q&A, they share why they chose a career in cybersecurity and helpful tips for other women looking to break into the industry.

What Drove You to Pursue a Career In Cybersecurity?

Tina: After grad school, I worked at a couple of startups in San Francisco. I first worked in sales for an ecommerce site, (Read more...)

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