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Women hold only ten per cent of board positions in top cybersecurity companies, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by cybersecurity specialists, Eskenzi PR and Marketing, also found that women only hold 16 per cent of management positions within the world’s leading cybersecurity companies.

The study looked at the websites of 138 companies from the Cybersecurity Ventures Hot 150 to understand the ratio between males and females in senior positions. It uncovered that out of 609 board positions, only 60 are taken up by females, while out of 1700 management positions only 271 are taken up by women. This highlights a major gap in the industry where companies could be missing out on the specialist skills women can bring to cybersecurity.

The study also looked at the types of management roles women hold within cybersecurity organisations and it revealed that the majority hold senior roles in either marketing or HR. There were only eight female CEO positions held and only one security company has an entirely female management team, compared to 19 companies that have entirely male management teams.

Speaking about the findings, Yvonne Eskenzi, director and co-founder of Eskenzi PR and Marketing, said, “I have worked in cybersecurity for over 25 years and watched it evolve throughout this time, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that the industry is still swarming with men.”

“The industry needs more women in driving seats and companies need to understand the traits women can bring to security roles to improve our overall defences.”

“Today is International Women’s Day and I want our study to stand as a call to action for cybersecurity companies to make a conscious effort to recruit more women and encourage more women to get involved in this fast-paced and exciting industry.”