Exploring the gender gap in cybersecurity | CREST

Exploring the gender gap in cybersecurity | CREST

In 2016, Eleanor Dallaway wrote the report, ‘Closing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity’, after conducting a diversity workshop attended by representatives from CREST member companies and industry.

Three years on, and two gender diversity workshops later – both run as part of the CREST Access to Cyber Security Day – Eleanor Dallaway seeks to report on any evolutions and progress that has been made, and more importantly, questions what still needs to be done to improve the diversity balance in the cybersecurity industry.

The original ‘Closing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity’ report looked at why diversity matters, what was preventing women from pursuing a career in the industry and most importantly it looked at how we, as an industry, can address the gender gap and actually make a difference. The six areas that participants agreed needed to be focussed on back in 2015 were:

  • Education – getting the right messaging to children at school age
  • Awareness – how to promote the industry to women and get the messaging right in doing so
  • Perception – considerations into the way we market our industry
  • Inspiration – raising the profile of successful women in the industry• Support – the importance of female ambassadors and mentors
  • Removing barriers to entry – looking at affordable training, conversion courses and flexible return to work policies, etc.

The report considered who the campaign to increase diversity should target. The following groups were listed:

  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • Apprentices
  • General university students
  • Specialist university students
  • Conversions from other academic disciplines
  • Conversions from other industries
  • Career changers/returners
  • Retention of existing cybersecurity professionals.

The 2015 research concluded that the most important group to prioritise was secondary school students, followed by university graduates.

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Diversifying Digital: What motivates women to learn and work in digital | Insitute of Coding & Deloitte

Diversifying Digital - Institure of Coding & Deloitte

In order to have a more diverse digital workforce to benefit our economy and society, we need to understand what would motivate more people to study or work in digital.

While there is a need for much broader diversity in digital, we have focussed this new research on women. Despite many interventions and activities to date, there is still a lack of women training and working in digital. By actively listening to women’s views, we hope to better understand their motivations and take corresponding enabling action.

This research – completed by the Institute of Coding and Deloitte in 2019 and 2020 – suggests that women at different stages in their education and careers see the digital sector as exciting, innovative and creative. Digital is seen by women to offer varied and interesting work and a chance to make a positive difference in the world, as well as an industry that offers the prospect of good salaries and career progression. The research also suggests that we can help overcome perceptions that may inhibit women from choosing digital jobs or training, such as not knowing how to retrain, or believing they lack the right qualifications.

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BIMA Tech Inclusion & Diversity Report 2019

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The BIMA Tech Inclusion & Diversity Survey is not an attempt to add to the existing pile of census-type survey data but to do something that hasn’t been done before.

By asking employees of diverse age, race, and gender within the industry how they feel, the report explores the experience of being a member of the UK digital and technology community in 2019.

In late 2018 and early 2019, BIMA surveyed more than 3,000 people to explore their experience of diversity as members of the UK technology community.

Their responses showed that, from tackling stress, anxiety, and depression, to fighting discrimination and making more of untapped opportunities for talent and development, our industry has much to do.

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People, Power & Technology - The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

People, Power & Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report | Doteveryone

People, Power & Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

The public is once again recalibrating its relationship with technology.

The pandemic lockdown has accelerated even further the already dizzying speed of technological change: suddenly the office has become Zoom, the classroom Google and the theatre YouTube.

The transformations wrought in this period will be lasting. The outcome of this period of increased tech dependence must be one where technology serves people, communities and lanet.

Doteveryone fights for better tech, for everyone. To achieve this it’s vital to listen to – and respect – the views of the public. This report puts the people who are experiencing this tremendous transformation front and centre.

Based on our groundbreaking 2018 research, Doteveryone ran a nationally representative survey just before lockdown and focus groups shortly after it began, benchmarking the public’s appetite, understanding and tolerance towards the impacts of tech on their lives.   

This year’s research finds people continue to feel the internet is better for them as individuals than for society as a whole. But the benefits are not evenly shared: the rich are more positive about tech than the poor, risking the creation of a new class of the ‘tech left-behind’. And it finds most people think the industry is under-regulated. They look to government and independent regulators to shape the impacts of technology on people and society.

It finds that although people’s digital understanding has grown, that’s not helping them to shape their online experiences in line with their own wishes. They still struggle to get information about the issues that matter and to choose services that match their preferences.

And it finds people often don’t know where to turn when things go wrong. Even if they do report problems, they often don’t get any answers. They mistrust tech companies’ motives, feel powerless to influence what they do, and are resigned to services where harmful experiences are perceived to be part of the everyday. 

The current societal shift is an opportunity to shape a fairer future where technology works for more people, more of the time. Our practical recommendations to government and industry provide clear steps to make that happen.

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Women in Work Index 2020 | PwC

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Everyone has a stake in ensuring women have equal opportunities in the world of work.

The evidence is clear. PwC's Women in Work Index shows that improving female participation in work across the OECD could boost OECD GDP by US$6 trillion, while closing the gender pay gap could boost female earnings across the OECD by US$2 trillion.

The theme of this year’s report focuses on the opportunities and challenges that technology presents to women in the workplace. The report explores how women have been able to take advantage of opportunities in the fast-growing tech sector. However, women are also becoming increasingly vulnerable to the disruptive impacts of technology and automation on their jobs.

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TrustRadius Women in Tech Report

2020 Women in Tech Report | TrustRadius

TrustRadius Women in Tech Report

This is the second annual Women in Tech Report published by TrustRadius to celebrate International Women’s day (and women in tech every day).

The report addresses critical issues for women in the technology industry in 2020, and incorporates responses from over 700 tech professionals.

The survey was open to everyone who works in the tech industry— women, men, and people of all other gender identities. TrustRadius invited its global audience and their networks to take part. They also made a donation to nonprofit organization Girls Who Code on behalf of participants to thank them for their time.

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Are you Missing Millions? The commercial imperative for putting a gender lens on your business | 30% Club

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30% Club has unveiled a new report with the aim to inspire and support businesses to seek commercial benefit by taking a more systematic and enterprise-wide approach to gender, far beyond the traditional focus within HR.

The report, Are you Missing Millions? The commercial imperative for putting a gender lens on your business, was created by the 30% Club's Strategy Best Practices Working Group and launched this morning at London Stock Exchange.

The report is produced in conjunction with PwC, with support from WPP and case studies from global and FTSE100 diversity champions including Diageo, GSK, HSBC, Mastercard, PwC, Unilever and Vodafone.

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2019 Cybersecurity Professionals Salary, Skills and Stress Survey | Exabeam

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The Exabeam 2019 Cybersecurity Professionals Salary, Skills and Stress report is based on a global survey of 479 security professionals.

The purpose of the survey was to gain insight on trends in the salaries of security professionals, education levels, job satisfaction and attitudes toward innovative and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Cloud Leadership white paper

Cloud Leadership, The Definitive Guide | Solutionize Global

Cloud Leadership white paper

What are the challenges of leading people through the changing landscape of industry 4.0? And how does diversity, digital and change management all play a vital role?

In Solutionize Global’s most ambitious white paper to date, the managed and professional services cloud and tech consultancy has gathered global industry leaders, including Microsoft Dell, HP, Servicenow and Cloud Industry Forum, to produce the extensive document – that’s free to download now.

Uncovering the common pitfalls, considerations and tips involved with maximising cloud infrastructure, ‘Cloud Leadership, The Definitive Guide’ digs deep into what the future holds for the tech industry.

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Taking Stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership | Equals Research Group

Taking Stock report

Taking stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership

Women and girls are still lagging far behind their male peers in the digital realm, according to a new report launched under the EQUALS Partnership. The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies. It also presents a compilation of case studies written by more than 25 leading experts and researchers that tell the story of how technology impacts women and girls in various contexts, including jobs and wages, security and privacy, cyber threats, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

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