Women in Tech: What’s the Future of Women in the Cybersecurity Realm?

In the past decades, Cybersecurity was considered a technical domain. There were fewer technological advances than there is today. Hence, the technology solutions were also limited back then. Today, as technology has evolved exponentially, connectivity has also increased and we have access to more data which has led to the inclusion of the human aspect in the technology. Bringing the human aspect in the cybersecurity industry like sociology helps us to study human behavior in this field. This helps you to get a clear understanding of external threats from hackers, spies, and cybercriminals when they are in a process of spying on you before making any malicious activity.

This article explores the role of women in the cybersecurity landscape and the future of this industry. So, let’s get started…

Gender Diversity in Cybersecurity

Gender Diversity in Cybersecurity

“When equal opportunities for leadership positions are given to women too, the collective intelligence of teams improves.”
– Jane Frankland, CEO Cyber Security Capital | Founding Member at #Women4Cyber

Undoubtedly, the key to a successful business in any industry is the inclusion of gender diversity. Women getting recognition in companies and especially at leadership positions can help businesses be more productive. Moreover, when companies understand the importance of gender diversity in teams where men and women are equally represented. The collective intelligence of those workgroups increases and they perform far better than teams that are dominated by a single gender.

If you talk about the cybersecurity business it is all about making decisions on how to handle risks better. Based on studies men and women perceive risk differently. Women are considered to be more risk-averse and tend to take action immediately. While men tend to tolerate risk at a high level before taking any action against it. Therefore, it puts men on the higher end of the risk spectrum and women at the lower end which helps companies take a balanced approach while making any risk-mitigating strategies.

Compared to men, women are more embracive of regulations and risk controls, so they do not turn directly to a technology solution to deal with a threat. Moreover, female security leaders are more likely to view the full picture of a threat and try to join the dots before jumping straight to a technical solution.

Also, women tend to possess a greater degree of social and emotional intelligence than men. The combination of social/emotional intelligence with a business crisis, traditionally helps women to respond better. Let’s put it in context, in the cybersecurity business when a data breach happens, women leaders tend to stay calm during the turbulence. Having said that, it doesn’t mean women leaders are better than men leaders in handling any crisis. This perspective highlights how males and females together with their collective leadership abilities can pull a company out of a cyber crisis.

Equip C-Suite to Counter Threats

Equip C-Suite to Counter Threats

To help c-suite security executives (CIO) and cybersecurity leaders better equip themselves with the threat landscape it is pivotal to get both sides of the story clear. You need to make sure the security requirements of your company are met. Not only that, but you also need to ensure that your company grows with the technology as the cyber threats grow with them. The leadership needs to be supportive of the security department when they make a cybersecurity strategy to mitigate any potential threats. Since the cybersecurity team is constantly tackling growing cyber threats to protect your business from falling into any trap.

Key Takeaway

  • An increased number of women in tech leads to better solutions and innovations across businesses in various industry verticals
  • When dealing with cybersecurity breaches, women rank higher on social and emotional intelligence and so are equally capable of resolving cyberattacks
  • Increased use of AI/ML, IoT, and connectivity has led to novel cyberattacks and has created confusion among leaders in terms of the best way to combat them
  • There is a talent shortage among businesses where the business needs and requirements are not being matched with the right talent pool
  • The leadership needs to be supportive of the security department when they make a cybersecurity strategy to mitigate any potential threats.

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