Cyber Work is Infosec’s weekly podcast featuring some of cybersecurity’s brightest minds. The show’s guests share their knowledge, expertise and personal stories with the goal of educating the listener on what life in cybersecurity is all about.
To shine a spotlight on diversity in the field, we’ve put together a series focusing on women who work in the trenches of cybersecurity. From newbies to industry veterans, the women in these interviews share valuable insights and advice for women (and their male colleagues!) working in the field.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the lessons they shared with us.
But first … statistics
The world of cybersecurity — and technology in general — has been a boy’s club for a long time. The number of women joining the field is much lower than men, and even fewer women stick around long enough to rise into leadership positions. Let’s look at some numbers:
- Women make up only 20% of the global cybersecurity workforce
- While that’s a significant increase since 2013, when the number was only 11%, there’s still a long way to go
- There’s a $5,000 salary gap between men and women in non-managerial cybersecurity roles
- 51% of women in cybersecurity have a master’s degree, while only 45% of men have one
- An additional 51% of women in cybersecurity have faced workplace discrimination
These numbers look better than they did a couple of years ago, but clearly we’ve still got a long way to go before we reach gender parity in cybersecurity. Statistics like these are helpful, but they can only teach us so much — to truly understand what it’s like to be a woman in the cybersecurity world, we need to hear from the women themselves.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosec Resources authored by Christine McKenzie. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/PNTLtGCTG0U/