Women In Cyber Security
For the most part, discussions around the representation of women have stayed redundant. The Global Information Security Workforce Study from (ISC)² and its center for cyber safety and education in 2017 conveyed that women only make up to 11% of the global cybersecurity workforce. And that 11% was a fixed figure since 2013 and had not spotted a blip in the trend until 2019, another survey by (ISC)² titled 2019 women in cybersecurity report, divulged that women now represent 24 % of the cybersecurity workforce. The report also called for a stronger representation of women in the cybersecurity workforce. It opens a room for women empowerment
The rebellious increase in cyber attacks turned Cybersecurity to be the most relevant thing these days.
Challenges faced by cybersecurity workers must be recognized. Some companies put an effort to make it easier by adopting a strong cybersecurity culture through a serious commitment by top management, many still view it as more of a chore or do not realize the importance of cybersecurity. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum ranked cybersecurity attacks as the fifth highest risk to doing business around the world.
The intractable increase in cyber attacks turned Cybersecurity to be the most relevant thing these days. Cybersecurity threats include Malware, spams, phishing, etc. It also includes online sexual harassment, defamation, body shaming, etc.
Studies show that young women, those 18-24 experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels. 26% of those women have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of inline sexual harassment.
According to studies, the victims of cyber attacks are often women. Therefore women should be in the field to find a solution to this problem. Women need to be in this cybersecurity field to make sure the issues that women face are being discussed.
Right now women in cybersecurity represent a mere 11% of the industry worldwide. That means that the cybersecurity industry is missing out on almost half of the population’s talent pool, during a period in history when cybercrime poses one of our most frightening threats.
The gender gap in this cybersecurity field must be considered as a chronic problem. The idea of diversity must be installed in fields like this.
Many organizations encourage women to work in the cybersecurity field.
Major Women in Cybersecurity Organizations
WiCys- is the premier organization with international reach committed to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research, and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking, and mentoring.
The Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) is connecting, supporting, uniting, and inspiring women in security across Australia and abroad.
Cyber provides resources for women and girls, from middle school through college and into professional careers, to empower, encourage, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity.
The European Cyber Security Organisation created Women4Cyber, an initiative to increase women’s participation in the cyber field to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in Europe.
Ladies of the cyber Hacking Society provide opportunities for women of all skill levels to develop the technical skills critical for success in cybersecurity.
It's a misconception that cyberspace is not a woman's cup of tea. But there are many women leaders in this field of technology and cybersecurity in India.
A few of them are mentioned below.
Advocate Puneet Bhasin
Puneet Bhasin is an advocate specialized in technology laws, blockchain laws, Cybercrime cases, Artificial Intelligence and IoT laws, etc. Puneet is a pioneer in cyber laws in India and has been awarded as the best cyber lawyer.
Kalpana is the president and CIO at Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd, with over 20-year experience of experience in the financial securities industry.
Priya is working with GBHackers, an advanced Persistent cybersecurity online platform that includes cybersecurity research, Web application, and network penetration testing, hacking tutorials, etc.
While going through these lists it might be clear that Women in Cybersecurity is not an impossible task. But it needs to be done with a lot of effort and empowerment by women within the society.
Encouragement is the first step to empowerment.
Governments, corporates, and companies should assure the participation and placement of women in the field of cybersecurity. Not only for the diversity in their venture but also to change the perspective of society on women working in the field of cybersecurity.
It should begin with the Job hiring advertisements. It has to be welcoming and encouraging women applicants.
Having women in the field of cybersecurity is a sign of advancement in both business and society.