fbpx
Interested in becoming an agent? | [email protected]

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY

The cybersecurity workforce remains disproportionately male-dominated, with women comprising only 24% of its ranks (according to Aspen Institute Research). Yet, in a domain critical to the security of our increasingly digital world, the underrepresentation of women is a glaring gap that cannot be overlooked.

What is stopping women from pursuing a career in cybersecurity?

The barriers to entry for women in cybersecurity are multifaceted. Studies have shown that managers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are likely to evaluate a CV with a male name more highly than an equivalent CV with a female name. This bias can discourage qualified women from even applying for positions within the field. Furthermore, employer recruiting tactics often highlight the male-dominated culture of the tech industry, creating an environment that may feel unwelcoming or exclusive to women. Gender stereotypes and the underrepresentation of women in the cyber workforce only exacerbate these challenges, perpetuating the notion that cybersecurity is a male-dominated field.

Why cybersecurity needs women

Despite the obstacles, there are compelling reasons for women to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Women bring a wider spectrum of educational backgrounds to the cybersecurity sector, enriching the industry with diverse perspectives and approaches. Today’s cyber workforce encompasses a variety of roles that require non-technical skills and abilities, from policy-making to risk assessment and communication. There are numerous opportunities for individuals with diverse skill sets to excel in the field.

Cybersecurity impacts everyone, regardless of gender. Therefore, it’s crucial to have women involved, bringing in their experiences and fresh perspectives to tackle these challenges effectively. In an industry that is evolving rapidly, on-the-job skills and experience are often more valuable than traditional qualifications. Women have a unique opportunity to contribute to this ever-changing landscape, leveraging their problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and empathy to address complex cybersecurity threats.

Australia faces a massive shortage of cybersecurity talent, presenting a prime opportunity for women to enter the field and make a meaningful impact. Many organisations are actively seeking to hire and train individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, recognising the value that women bring to the cybersecurity sector. If you have ever considered a career in cybersecurity, now is the time to seize the opportunity. Be confident, break down the barriers, and make this the year that you give it a go!

LATEST NEWS

LATEST NEWS

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY

April 25th, 2024|Expert Stories|

Reading Time: 2 minutes The barriers to entry for women in cybersecurity are multifaceted. Studies have shown that managers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are likely to evaluate a CV with a male name more highly than an equivalent CV with a female name.

2024-04-30T11:32:19+10:00

Title

Go to Top