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Gender diversity in the workplace is a hot topic for cyber security right now. According to an (ISC) ² report, entitled ‘Women in Security: Wisely Positioned for the Future of InfoSec’ that surveyed nearly 14,000 professionals worldwide; the industry has a severe shortage of women. Only 10% are female globally and each year it’s decreasing. Furthermore, there remains a gender disparity within senior leadership and management – a trend that other industries have witnessed and are actively addressing.
Gender diversity has attracted much attention due to the fact that economically it is recognised as being good for business. When gender parity improves there are many positive implications for the global economy. In fact, full gender equality, according to a report by McKinsey & Co. would add 26%, or $28 trillion, to global gross domestic product (GGDP) in 2025.
Within the cyber security industry there has historically been a skills shortage that continues to worsen, and a lack of qualified security professionals is seriously holding back the industry. Women make up 47% of the workforce in the UK . Since up till now, we have failed to harness almost half of the workforce; namely women, this problem should hardly come as a surprise. This presentation therefore, directly tackles the issues of how we can attract and retain more women to work in the sector. It also looks towards the future and the four shifts that will affect the way that we work.