The Future is Female: A Key to the Cybersecurity Workforce Challenge

women in cybersecurity

With cybersecurity worldwide facing a major applicant shortage, businesses should be courting women and supporting girls.

By 2022, 2 million cybersecurity positions globally are projected to be open, even as the threat landscape accelerates and becomes more complex. To meet this growing workforce shortage, women are a crucial, largely untapped reservoir of talent that businesses should be courting.

In this Threatpost webinar, Threatpost senior editor Tara Seals welcomes Boston University’s Cynthia Brossman, the architect behind BU’s summer programs aimed at attracting bright girls and young women to the cybersecurity and computer science fields.

Join them for a discussion on expanding female representation in cybertech (it stands at just 14 percent in the U.S. today), including why women are such a crucial piece of the cyberworkforce puzzle.

To view this past webinar, The Future is Female, please follow this link (registration required).

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Discussion

  • Dave on

    and in 2022, 2 million Cybersecurity positions will still be open because organizations only want to hire experienced individuals. Nobody is willing to give educated, knowledgeable people who come from a different sector of IT other than an operations center the chance to get up to speed. I get so tired of hearing this crap about the shortage when forums all over the Internet are filled with candidates that can't get a job, despite obtaining multiple Certifications.
  • setnaffa on

    "The Future is Female"? That's just a bit sexist, don't you think? Businesses need to attract all the best people they can find without caring about how their plumbing is arranged. Think about how offensive it would be to see an article titled "The Future is Male". It's exactly the same thing. It's patronizing, as though women are less than men and need to be "encouraged". The 1950s want their anachronistic misogyny back. Over 32 years of corporate IT (and before that in academia), I've been blessed to work with executives, leaders, peers, and clients who were amazingly talented. Sure, there were a few who were totally ill-suited to their job. It was NEVER because of their sex/gender/whatever. It was because of their attitude, training, and experience. You should really rewrite the article to stop pretending women are shrinking violets who wilt under pressure. There are women at every one of the Fortune 1000 who prove you wrong every day.
    • Tara Seals on

      I believe you totally missed the point. Women are underrepresented in cyber, and STEM in general, for a number of different reasons. Including institutional misogyny in some quarters, of course. At the same time, companies will need to look beyond the traditional male-dominated quarters for talent going forward, also a fact, in order to fill the widening workforce gap. Discussing programs for young women and girls that encourage them to get to know and consider these fields as a career path is hardly sexist -- quite the opposite.
  • Brian on

    "Institutional misogyny" - can you provide a clear example?
    • Tara Seals on

      If you're the kind of person who believes sexism doesn't exist, and that it's always been a level playing field, and that women have always had equal opportunities in the workplace and in educational settings, and you need specific examples to be proven otherwise, then I have a feeling that any discussion between us will be fruitless.
  • Brian on

    Sorry Tara, did not mean to start an Internet fight. I'll just say I believe in filling the workforce gap with the most qualified people regardless of gender. Have a good one!
    • Tara Seals on

      Hi Brian -- no problem. It can be a touchy subject! I agree with you -- I just think it's helpful to have more programs encouraging people from new sectors not traditionally involved in tech to consider cyber as a career path.
  • Dave on

    Tara, it would be interesting to seem some statistics on the ratio of men/women taking STEM type college courses/majors. When I was in school, ahem... a few decades ago, it was mostly men taking things like Computer Science, Electronics, Engineering fields. That is why there was always an under staffing of women in places I worked; and I do believe that women, at least back then, were not paid fairly for the same position. Regardless, can you obtain some stats on the ratio of college graduates with relevant Cyber Security type degrees? It would be interesting..
  • JeanSanjay on

    I've worked at a high volume MSP for a few years and every woman whose tried has completely tapped out. Good, let's see them deal with Zero-day attacks and little to no personal time off.
  • Anonymous on

    All you dudes up in here need to calm down a little. How pathetic that you wouldn't want another individual to thrive and enjoy the same career path you have taken. You are all here on someone else's shoulders. Soon there will be more people in the cyber workforce. If the market has an increase in talented female professionals, a bunch of us incompetent dudes are going to be looking for a new job. Your insecurity is rank and it makes you sound like children.

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