Cybersecurity: an open playing field for women

BYU’s Girls’ Cybersecurity Camp 2017 welcomed nearly 50 attendees on July 17. (BYU Cybersecurity Research Lab)

Cybersecurity specialists are in high demand following major breaches on national and local levels, and BYU is working to prepare women to fill vacancies in the field. 

Last year, Forbes reported nearly one million global cybersecurity jobs were left unfilled, with demand expected to grow to six million by 2020. In this period, the cybersecurity market is expected to rise to $170 billion in worth.

“You watch a movie like ‘Hidden Figures’ — women started out in computer science and founded this career path before it was profitable,” said BYU associate professor of information technology Dale Rowe.

Only about 10 percent of all cybersecurity positions globally are filled by women, according to Rowe. Many organizations, including BYU’s Cybersecurity Research Lab, work

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