The cyber-security industry suffers from a skills shortage - some two million vacancies globally - yet a lack of gender diversity persists – it is estimated that only 10 percent of the information security workforce are women.
Diversity is needed to access barely-tapped pools of talent, both for representation and fairness, but also in the industry's self interest, to fill vacancies and because having diversity facilitates representation of different worldviews and different experiences, able to come at problems differently.
In our podcast, evangelist for women in cyber security, Jane Frankland, in conversation with IISP CEO Amana Finch, and SC's editor in chief Tony Morbin, discusses the barriers to employing and retaining more women in the sector and what practical steps companies can take to overcome them.
We look at how the industry needs to transform workplaces, what steps can be taken to actively encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants, approaches to recruitment, and conversion courses for those with similar skill sets to attract and retain highly skilled female employees. That includes both practical steps , but also changing mindsets, both inside cyber-security organisations and departments and among the talent pool themselves.
We tackle the issues of skills and aptitude versus qualifications and experience, and the opportunities for women in both 'hard tech' as well as soft skills in communications, risk analysis and management. And we also look at the industry's image problem and what we can do about it.