Why Women are Essential in the Future of Cybersecurity
If you’ve been following our content for a while, you’ll be aware of the importance of cybersecurity and protecting your business data. This is due to an increasing amount of data breaches that have been in the headlines recently. On top of an increase in the number of attacks we’ve seen, the level of sophistication involved in such cyber-attacks is also on the rise.
As a result, the cybersecurity industry is working tirelessly to develop new solutions to help stay one step ahead of attackers. However, this industry is suffering from a serious shortage; female employees.
The ‘2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity’ report stated the following statistics relating to women in our industry:
- Women comprise only 11% of the global information security workforce
- Women make up only 7% of the information security workforce in Europe
- Men are 4 times more likely to hold executive positions than women
- Men are also 9 times more likely to hold managerial positions
However, the cybersecurity industry hasn’t always been this way.
Historically, women held some of the highest positions in the industry in it’s earliest days. For example, in World War II, the six primary programmers for one of the world’s first general-purpose computers were all women. Additionally, 75% of the workforce at Bletchley Park, the central site for British codebreakers, were women. (Source: scmagazine.com)
At Arden, we think it’s time we saw a rise of women in our industry once again.
It is predicted that by 2020, 2 million more cybersecurity jobs will be needed worldwide, in addition to the 3.2 million who are already employed in the field (Source: nature.com). Therefore, the future of the cybersecurity industry depends on its ability to attract and retain women, who are currently an under-represented, yet highly skilled, resource.
Cyber Security at Arden
We’ve spoken to a member of our staff about her thoughts on the importance of women in cybersecurity, and her experience in the industry:
I mostly enjoy learning about the latest security products and threats; these are ever changing in the technology landscape. Keeping up with new technology tends enables me to discuss with our customers about the latest attacks and how to help prevent them.
My aim is to keep progressing and learning about all types of security to enable a full suite of security offering across businesses; including end-point, sever, mobile, email and network security.
Without women choosing careers in cybersecurity, the industry is missing out on almost half of the population’s talent in a time where cyber-attacks pose the most threat. The more women that pursue a career in cybersecurity, the more that will follow in their footsteps!”
-Charlotte Burfoot, Desk Based Account Manager at Arden Group