Deloitte launches Women in Cyber initiative to address gender gap in cyber security
Women are underrepresented in the cyber security workforce around the world. At the same time the industry is facing a growing global shortage of cyber security professionals. To help organisations bridge this gap, the professional services firm Deloitte launches a Women in Cyber initiative across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that brings together clients, experts and colleagues in pursuit of achieving gender parity in cyber security
The EMEA Women in Cyber initiative was originated in the UK in 2015 and has developed into a collaborative initiative across EMEA with a common vision for the future: To promote gender diversity in the cyber security industry by initiating the dialogue, creating awareness and fostering a community that inspires female talent to pursue a career in cyber.
With the trend towards digitalisation and the rise of cybercrime, cyber security has become one of the hottest and fastest-growing fields in technology across the globe today. The global deficit of cyber security professionals is continuously growing. Despite the continuous growth in cyber security spending and the wellspring of new professional opportunities, the imbalance between the number of women and men among the cyber security workforce worldwide is significant: women represent only 11% of the global cyber workforce, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study ‘Women in Cybersecurity’.
At Deloitte, we are committed to addressing this imbalance. We aim to narrow the gender gap by spreading awareness of the diverse career opportunities available to women in cyber security, by addressing gender biases, and by initiating a dialogue that helps women navigate the profession and its opportunities,
says Colm McDonnell, Head of Risk Advisory at Deloitte Ireland.
The Women in Cyber initiative includes many interesting insights. Currently, a series of portraits is being published with female security leaders across industry and academia, which reveals unique perspectives and lessons learned from their professional journeys. Whether it is overcoming challenges, advice on how to build a career in cyber or skills needed to succeed, these inspiring stories provide in-depth, diverse and bold insights that will help drive the dialogue on gender diversity.
- Learn more about EMEA Women in Cyber on our website and feel free to quote from the Women in Cyber interviews.
Breaking the glass ceiling and sparking change
Read inspiring stories from women in cyber