Tuesday 21 April 2020
The global cybersecurity market is booming, having grown 30 times in the last 13 years. However, there is still an enormous skills shortage and gender gap. There are over four million unfilled positions in cybersecurity, with a workforce that is twice as likely to be male. The cybersecurity industry – like all other industries – requires diversity to thrive. The field is wide open for people across generations, races, and gender identities. Creativity and collaboration are as important as technical acumen, so there is no ‘stereotypical’ cybersecurity professional.
Tessian surveyed 200 female cybersecurity professionals (100 in the UK, 100 in the US) to understand the challenges and opportunities they experienced in the cybersecurity industry. The results may surprise you. They cited a lack of awareness or knowledge of the industry and a lack of clear career development paths as the most significant challenges, meaning a general demystification of the industry is required to encourage new entrants. While our industry isn’t considered ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’, those of us in the industry know cybersecurity isn’t just for techies, and more accurate perceptions of the industry in the media would encourage more women to explore cybersecurity roles. Our panel session will explore these and other opportunity-related aspects.
Martin Smith MBE (info), Chairman & Founder, The SASIG
Kelli Hogan Head of Marketing Communications, Tessian
Jane Wilson Principal Enterprise Security Risk Manager, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Paula Kershaw Head of Cybersecurity, Europe & UK, HSBC
Bobby Ford Vice President/Global CISO, Unilever