More women needed in Cybersecurity field


It’s evident that Cybersecurity field seems to be ever-evolving. But as usual, the shortage of women in the said professional sphere is clearly evident, as only 11% of Cybersecurity jobs have been occupied by the said gender across the globe.

However, the good news is that companies like Palo Alto Networks and Symantec Corp are trying their best to generate interest among young girls to such an extent that they are showing a lot of interest in choosing Cybersecurity as their future career.

In fact, Palo Alto Networks has developed a special curriculum for the Girl Scouts which helps them in gaining cybersecurity badges as rewards in September this year. In the same way, Symantec Corp has given a grant to the American Association of University Women to develop a Cybersecurity class for mid-school girls

Furthermore, Boston University in association with SANS Institute’s non-profit organization called TechGirlz is also seen organizing tech camps from time to time to teach girls about coding and how to solve problems in the field of Cybersecurity.

Moreover, in Feb this year, a program with the name Girls go CyberStart was sponsored by SANS Institute. The idea was to offer high school girls a platform to solve problems related to cryptography, web attacks, forensics, programming, and Linux, and detect websites that use third-party trackers.

Here, the objective of the said tech organizations and educational institutions was to inspire girls to pursue careers as information security analysts- a field which is said to grow by 28% from 2016 to 2026, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics prediction.

Surely, if more such programs and events are conducted by large companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, it will surely encourage the young female talent to such an extent that they will see the field of Cyber Security as a future life and career success.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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