Women in Cyber


In organisations we need women to lead projects, also at OWASP there is room for more female leaders.

Women currently represent only 11 percent of the cyber security workforce worldwide. This statistic is cause for alarm because it’s a key factor in the massive talent shortage that is impacting this crucially important field. It is estimated that, as of now, there are 1 million unfilled cyber security jobs—and that number is growing fast.

This situation poses serious security risks to governments, businesses and individuals alike, which is why there have been increasing efforts in recent years to encourage more people to enter the field.

Without women pursuing careers in cyber security, the industry is missing out on almost half of the population’s talent pool during a period in history when cyber crime poses one of our most menacing threats.

Why

The low number of women in cyber security, and ways that we might encourage more women into the field, has been receiving a lot of attention recently. This led me to ponder why I think it is important that more women become cyber security professionals.

What

I believe that women and others from a broad range of backgrounds, can help re-formulate some of the fundamental principles of cyber security, so we can answer in a meaningful way some of the big questions such as ‘What is it that information security enables organisations and people to do?’;’What are the values we hold dear that information security supports?’; ‘What freedoms can we create through cyber security?.’

Who

  • IT security professionals
  • devops professionals
  • developers
  • managers
  • social scientists
  • creative designers
  • psychologists
  • philosophers
  • organisational and learning specialists
  • educators.


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