According to a new report, the gender gap in the cyber security sector has continued to widen despite a large shortfall in the number of skilled cyber security specialists.
The report published by ISC2, showed that only one out of ten cyber security specialists are women. This means that the gender gap in the sector has widened over the past two years. With businesses and organisations complaining about the shortage of skilled people, more must be done to increase the number of women entering the field.
The poll surveyed 14,000 information security specialists in developed nations and discovered that only 10% of them were women, a drop from the 11% recorded in the preceding two years.
‘It is certainly alarming to see it go down to 10%. We have a huge workforce shortage. If we brought more women into this field, I believe that gap would lesson,’ said Elise Yacobellis from ISC2.
The main causes for less women being in the sector is often down to it being perceived as a male dominated area. Pay equalities are also a problem as the survey showed that more men received higher pay than their female colleagues.
According to a poll made by IBM earlier this year, only 11% of the workers in the cybersecurity sector are female, despite the fact that women make up 48% of the UK’s total workforce. In Europe that figure is even worse with women making up just 7% of the cyber workforce and the US is crying out for professionals in the field.
Women should consider getting into the sector as it is set to expand massively over the coming years and as demand for skilled professionals grow so will wages. Now is a great time for women to seek employment in the cyber security sector. More Initiatives to encourage women into the industry are underway, and support groups such as the Women’s security society are in place.
If you decide to pursue this career route be sure to get in touch with PGI Cyber. We offer cyber security courses, training and can give you advice on how to get into the industry.