Even after 4 years, women in cybersecurity still represent only11% of the total global workforce
According to a new report by Center for Cyber Safety and Education, the employment gap in cybersecurity is on the rise, with women representing only 11% of the total workforce. Even more distressing is that eventhough women have higher levels of education than men, with 51% holding a master’s degree or higher, compared to 45% of men - they still earned less than men at every level in 2016. The state of women in IT is much the same. The report highlights that North Americat employs 14% of women in cybersecurity as compared to Asia at 8%.
Disenfranchisement in Information Security
Burgeoning Salary Gap
At the leadership level, the report indicates that this trend is even more notable, where, women leaders dispropotionately occupy entry-level and non-managerial positions and men dominate all senior roles, including Directors, Executive Management and the C-Suite. The lack of internal and external mentorship as well as leadership development programs are the factors responsible for this growing trend.
By 2022, research by Frost and Sullivan indicates that the gap between available qualified professionals and vacant positions will grow to 1.8 million. One way to curb this gap is by employee more women.