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Women in Cybersecurity: The Changing Face of Tech [Infographic]

Each day, global dependency on technology increases and and so does the likelihood for security breaches.

Data breaches are costly. They impact government agencies, financial institutions, health care facilities and major corporations, with citizens and consumers suffering the consequences. In fact, a 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, sponsored by IBM, estimates the average global cost to be $3.6 million, or $141 per data record.

Experienced cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, yet women still only make up a small fraction of the industry’s workforce. Those women that do break into tech often experience glass ceilings, insensitivity in the workplace, a lack of mentors and popular culture that only reinforces the image of their male counterparts.

Lightly put, the gender imbalance has the potential consequences for our nation’s security. So what does it take for a woman to become a leader in an industry notorious for its gender imbalance?

Our friends at Varonis analyzed that of the Fortune 500 companies only 13 percent have a woman working in their top cybersecurity position, including the chief information security officer (CISO), chief information officer (CIO) or VP of information security. From education, to work experience, and time spent in the industry, the infographic below looks at the advice of these female leaders to help change the status quo in the world of cybersecurity.

Paul Slezak

Cofounder and CEO at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for nearly 25 years. Follow me @paul_slezak.

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