According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be up to 3.5 million job openings by 2021. Meanwhile, women make up only 20% of the cybersecurity workforce. Do you feel efforts to improve female representation in cyber security are starting to build momentum?
Slowly, very very slowly. I’ve been working in technology for 20 years and we are starting to see real strides to encourage more women in to the sector. There is much more press about it, far more groups and support. I am hoping that STEM at school level is getting real traction.
What advice would you give to women who may think cyber security (and tech in general) is a more masculine profession and therefore not a suitable career path or career change?
Yes, it is still a male dominated industry but that shouldn’t put you off, that should inspire you to be part of the change to make this a more balanced sector. It’s a fast-moving industry that allows you to make a real difference to how a business operates and how information is protected. I am lucky to work with people who support and challenge me and allow me to make best use of all of my skills. There are so many roles in Cyber and technology in general that it’s no longer just about configuring servers or writing code, of course if that’s your thing that’s great but talk to women in technology and play to your strengths, just like you would if you were considering a role in any other sector!