Cybersecurity: a world of possibilities for women
Subject Matter Expert, Security
Security, Digital Business
According to the 2017 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, we’ll reach a 1.8 million cybersecurity workforce gap by 2022. This is a 20% increase over the forecast made in the 2015. Specifically, 66% of the companies in Europe indicate that there are not enough Information Security workers. Organizations mentioned that the main reason is that it is difficult to find qualified personnel.
However, as Edwin Paalvast (Cisco EMEAR President) discusses in his recent blog, the IT skills gap is not only affecting cybersecurity. Reskilling the workforce to succeed in the 4th industrial revolution will separate those countries and companies that embrace a fast-changing world of digital transformation and those that don’t.
The good news is that 38% of hiring managers in Europe and 27% in Middle East and Africa, are planning to increase the size of their cybersecurity department. Europe holds the highest percentage at global level.
Which are the most requested positions? Operations & Security Management, followed by Incident & Threat Management and Forensics.
The second good news is that unemployment among information security professionals sits at only 2%. Low unemployment combined with a significant worker shortage, inflates wages at a rate that dramatically outpaces economic growth.
24% of cybersecurity workers in Europe, did not start in cybersecurity. They started in another career: business, marketing, finance, accounting, military or defense. Many of them also had great success and have risen to the rank of executive or C-Suite: 33% of executives and C-Suite professionals began in a previous non-technical career.
Why? Knowing the bit and byte of cybersecurity is not enough anymore. Hiring managers are now looking for communication skills and the ability to analyze data. The interesting fact is that only 25% of cybersecurity workforce have these skills as main priorities.
Anyone who is in cybersecurity field or wants to be part of it should take this into consideration: you need to know how to defend a company, but you also need to be able to communicate what is happening and why in an engaging way. This is the key to growing your career.
Cybersecurity is a field rich of possibilities for women as it requires creativity and flexibility. After reviewing (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, here are a few suggestions:
- Create a Social Profile on LinkedIn. Don’t set up only a list of Degrees, but a profile where you show your communication skills. Try writing a post or uploading a video about a specific topic.
- Be prepared to communicate in an effective way during your interview. Show your communication and analytical skills by easily explaining the what and why of a technical topic as cybersecurity.
- Don’t be afraid to raise your voice.
We will discuss the topic deeply during our second Cisco webinar on Women in Cybersecurity. Personal Development Teacher Alexia Mary Tzortzaki will explain “How to succeed in the Cybersecurity Industry” on December 13th. Register here to participate.