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The cybersecurity industry are taking important long overdue steps to address the deficit of worker bees employed across all facets of the information security network, such as protective security, privacy, risk, crisis management, fraud, cyber safety and cybercrime.
The goal for cybersecurity teams is to reduce and ultimately eliminate digital exposure to “protect businesses, people and information” as said on the AWSN website. However, there is a global shortage of trained cybersecurity personnel to lean on. Fortune magazine reported a 350% increase in cybersecurity positions between 2013 to 2021, some 3.5 million positions unfulfilled.
What can be done? Seems ridiculously obvious when you think about it but to increase the applicant pool we need to embrace diversity and attract women to the, otherwise masculine heavy, cyber work environment. Women have been massively underrepresented in technology and the push to include women at the table for training is now tangible and real.
Deloitte Women in Cyber is a dedicated community to empower and strengthen the influence of women in the cybersphere. Deloitte are actively seeking to reframe what cyber jobs sound like and look like to make them more attractive to women, roles that include “ethical hacker, data privacy professional and cyber strategist”. These roles are professional, lucrative and have scope for further development.
Until recently, opportunities in the cyber field have been intimidating for women. There are stories of global cyber conferences where there is a sea of men and women have escaped to the toilet and accidentally sought each other out. Although that specific example did lead to women forming a grassroots organisation being established, The Australian Women in Security Network. Jacqui Loustau, the founder, understood that although women weren’t necessarily being bullied or undermined, they were somewhat invisible and felt helpless and frustrated by the industry. This is truly networking at its best, where connections and opportunities combine to create a better outcome for women looking to belong and influence an industry.
When more women are in positions of leadership and management in cybersecurity, more women will want to study that field and inevitably contribute and, that gap in female representation is in steady decline. There is a global effort to encourage and offer women and other diverse groups a seat at the table. The skills shortage will not fix itself, it needs dedicated members of the existing community to put their hand out and fast track the development and skill set of a new cohort of interested and engaged cyber security professionals. Women in cybersecurity is trending positively towards parity, there is some way to go but, the conversation is being had. Marching progress, let’s go. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”normal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]
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