Cybersecurity’s gender gap and how to solve it

Picture a room full of one hundred IT specialists (or in today’s world, a screen of one hundred IT specialists).

Going by the industry average, only 18 of those specialists would be female. And if we were looking at the C-suite, it would fall to just three.

When cybersecurity is facing a skills shortage, it’s madness that the industry is failing to attract women.

Kerissa Varma, the Group CISO of Old Mutual Limited, and Clare Johnson, Partnerships and Outreach Manager for Digital and STEM and founder of the Women in Cyber Wales cluster, say it’s time to do something about it.

In the fourth episode of Phishy Business, Recruiting Incredible Women in Cybersecurity, we discuss:

  • How Kerissa and Clare have overcome barriers — from bow ties in goodie bags to uncomfortable conversations
  • The surprising skills that can set you up for a career in cybersecurity
  • Ways to address unhelpful cybersecurity myths and mental blocks holding women back
  • How we can quickly open up our teams and grow the talent pool

Kerissa and Clare are clear that if you have one type of person in the room, you’ll only get one view back — and that can be a major vulnerability in cybersecurity.

By looking for character, enthusiasm, and innate skills, we can expand our talent pool and recruit incredible women. And you can find out how in the full episode.

About Phishy Business

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Whether it’s social engineering, taking criminals to court or the journalists hunting down hackers — our new podcast series, Phishy Business, looks for new ways to think about cybersecurity.

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Each episode explores tales of risk, reward and just a dash of ridiculousness to learn how we can all improve in the fight to stay safe.

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