Cybersecurity Needs Women: Here’s Why

20% of cybersecurity professionals are women. Here’s why and how more women can pursue this burgeoning field | Credit: Getty Royalty Free

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and there’s no better time for women to start gaining and leveraging that awareness. Because of the massive shortage of cybersecurity professionals today, it’s more critical than ever for historically underrepresented demographics to help fill the need.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be up to 3.5 million job openings by 2021. Meanwhile, women make up only 20% of the cybersecurity workforce. While that’s up from a mere 11% in 2013, there’s still a lot of opportunity to be seized in cybersecurity careers.

Being a trailblazer isn’t without its challenges, but according to the female cybersecurity professionals I speak with below, women are up to the task.

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