Better the balance, better the world.

#BalanceforBetter is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, March 8th. While this single day is celebrated internationally, the hope of this campaign is to work towards a gender-balanced world all year-long.

As of today, female talent on a global scale continues to be underrepresented and underutilized. Unfortunately, the cybersecurity world is no exception. According to our GISWS, we found the following:

  • The percentage of women working in cybersecurity is extremely low, 11% to be exact.
  • 51% of women experienced various forms of discrimination in the workplace, while only 15% of men experience discrimination at work.
  • More women than men have earned graduate degrees yet hold significantly fewer positions in executive management positions.
  • Despite increased interest in the past 4 years to increase female participation in the cybersecurity profession worldwide, the ratio of men to women has barely moved forward.
  • But it’s not all bad news! At the Executive Management level, the wage gap has narrowed.

Because of the obvious gap still to be closed, the Center works tirelessly to encourage women of all ages to join the cyber field. Here are 3 ways you can help too:

  • To encourage young girls into STEM careers, the Center partnered with Jim Davis and his company PAWS, Inc., to develop Dr. Cybrina, a female Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) featured in Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Bring Garfield and Dr. Cybrina to a school through our “Garfield the Matchmaker” initiative with your company. Or purchase the family edition to teach your children how to be safe and secure online at home!

  • To encourage college students to go into the field and help close the workforce gap, the Center partners with Raytheon and (ISC)2 to offer scholarships to women in the field.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Share our available scholarships amongst female students. Ask your company to sponsor a scholarship to encourage local students to go into information security careers.

  • To encourage working women to get involved, the Center developed the S.A.F.E. program, a corporate social responsibility program that offers a variety of ways women can give back and become leading examples in their community. Read more stories here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Choose an activity from our S.A.F.E. program like Take Your Child to Work Day and start giving to your community.

Want more? READ ABOUT WOMEN IN SECURITY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES HERE.

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