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September 28, 2015
(ISC)²® Workforce Study: As Threats Evolve, Security Professionals are Concerned About Technology Sprawl
CLEARWATER, Fl. — (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) today released a new report titled ‘Women in Security: Wisely Positioned for the Future of InfoSec’ in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, conducted by Frost & Sullivan. Surveying nearly 14,000 global professionals, this report focuses on the lack of gender diversity in the information security workforce despite a cyber landscape that is growing and changing in complexity of threats. Specific topic areas in the report include the differences between men and women in the industry, the current and future outlook for women in the information security field and the unique skills women possess to fill pertinent information security positions today and in the future.
“The information security field is expected to see a deficit of 1.5 million professionals by 2020 if we don’t take proactive measures to close the gap,” says (ISC)² CEO David Shearer. “Knowing this, it is rather frustrating to realize that we do not have more women working in the industry. Only 10 percent of information security professionals are women, and that needs to change. Through collaboration, research and partnerships, (ISC)² is committed to empowering underrepresented minority groups in the industry, such as women, who bring skill sets that are critical to this industry’s future growth.”
While women have represented approximately 10 percent of the information security workforce for the past few years, analysis from the last two (ISC)2 information security workforce surveys shows that women are quickly converging on men in terms of academic focus, computer science and engineering, and, as a gender, have a higher concentration of advanced degrees. For example, women in information security are making their largest impact in governance, risk and compliance (GRC) – which the study identified as a growing role in information assurance and cybersecurity – as one out of five women identified GRC as their primary functional responsibility compared to one out of eight men holding similar positions.
“I find the results of the research heartening, in the sense that we are starting to see a full career progression for information security professionals,” says Allison Miller, product manager at Google and member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors. “We've moved past the stage where people say ‘you do what for a living?’ and have matured into an industry that needs and demands more diverse skillsets, and more sophisticated differentiation of roles. What the numbers say is that the industry needs more talent. Great! Yes! Let's foster more talent and innovation, everywhere in information security. That means taking more risks and including more voices. Having hard data gives us the ability to assess industry gaps and shortages – and individual career objectives and expectations – in a more thoughtful and systematic way.”
(ISC)² and Booz Allen Hamilton partnered on this research to identify the unique differences between men and women in the industry and utilize this information to encourage girls and young women to pursue this exciting career. Below are a few of the key findings from the report:
“The Internet of Things brings great opportunity and connectivity, but it also adds to the complexity of the cyber threat,” said Angela Messer, the executive vice president leading Booz Allen’s predictive intelligence business in the firm’s Strategic Innovation Group. “The adaptive nature of cyber threats demands a talent management strategy that will broaden the skillsets and knowledge of the information security profession. We must demonstrate to young women thinking about entering the industry the many opportunities that await them and reinforce for those currently working in cybersecurity that they have bright futures ahead.”
The findings in this report are based on research from the (ISC)² 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS), released earlier this year. The full ‘Women in Security: Wisely Positioned for Future of InfoSec’ can be downloaded here. This study is being released in conjunction with the (ISC)² Security Congress 2015 colocated with ASIS 2015 from September 28 – October 1 in Anaheim, Ca. at the Anaheim Convention Center. In partnership with the ASIS Women in Security Council, there will be an entire conference track dedicated to the topic of women in security on Wednesday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT in room 303a. More information on the women in security sessions can be found at http://congress.isc2.org/events/-isc-security-congress-2015/custom-133-993a0d888f31465eaf6cbcce7ac8c2e8.aspx?p=133
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