The lack of women in cybersecurity puts us all at greater risk

published 28.06.2020 21:00

by The Conversation from

Some technology companies have launched programs to foster women’s interest in and confidence to pursue internet security careers.

In 2018, Microsoft India and the Data Security Council of India launched the CyberShikshaa program in order to create a pool of skilled female cybersecurity professionals.

For example, Women in Cybersecurity of Spain has started a mentoring program that supports female cybersecurity professionals early in their careers.

According to a survey conducted by IT security company Tessian, only about half of the respondents said that their organizations were doing enough to recruit women into cybersecurity roles.

The low representation of women in internet security is linked to the broader problem of their low representation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.