IT security skills shortage fix dependent on recruiting more women, say experts

IT security skills shortage fix dependent on recruiting more women, say experts

The IT security industry in Europe has among the highest of any gaps between men and women in the world, says the most recent publication of the Global Information Security Workforce Study.

A lack of success in incorporating women in IT security recruitment campaigns, along with an ongoing emphasis on technical abilities and the pay gap between genders, is worsening the skills gap in IT security, say industry professionals.

In Europe, women make up only 7% of the IT security workforce, with one of the world’s biggest pay gaps between male and female workers.

The study surveyed 19,000 IT security professionals worldwide, with close to 3,700 in Europe and 1,000 in the UK. A significant two in three of those respondents the UK said that their organisations have an insufficient number of IT security staff on board.

In the IT security industry, men earn 15.5% more than their female counterparts on average. The Women and Equalities Committee has previously asked for the government to tackle the pay gap in the UK, but their seemingly remains much work to be done to increase the number of women in IT security jobs.

(ISC)2 Europe Managing Director Adrian Davis said:

“These results highlight that the infosec profession is missing out on the talents and skills of 50% of the working population: women.”

He added that to address the imbalance in male and female workers, the sector needed to not only look at narrowing the pay gap, but also reducing the ‘techie’ skills emphasis that can deter some women.

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