According to the latest research from the Center for Cyber Safety and Education™ and the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF), conducted by Frost & Sullivan, women continue to comprise only 11 percent of the information security workforce. That number, despite women making up approximately half of the global population, has remained stagnant since 2013.
This information is detailed in the latest infographic created using data from the 2017 Women in Cybersecurity report, which was part of the Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS), sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton.
The study found that women in cybersecurity have higher levels of education than men, but fewer hold senior-level positions, and they earn less money. Women in cybersecurity also tend to have a wider variety of undergraduate degrees than their male counterparts.
With the looming 1.8 million workforce gap projected by 2022, organizations can help fill those open positions by recruiting and retaining women in the field. The study found that female respondents with access to sponsorship and leadership programs reported feeling valued in their role, and were more likely to be successful.
View the full Women in Cybersecurity infographic. Thank you to presenting sponsor, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, gold sponsor, Alta Associates, and sponsors, IBM Security and Veracode.