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WEF: 217 More Years Until Women and Men Reach Economic Equality
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netsecops
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netsecops,
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7/10/2018 | 8:30:30 AM
A woman in Cybersecurity
As a woman in cybersecurity I can see where this post is coming from; however, I have to disagree with some of the points in it. It's not so much that companies aren't hiring women in cybersecurity or that women aren't applying for the jobs or that men are more in the sector; it's a combination of all those things but at the same time, there's a glaring factor that this article misses all together which is that companies just don't pay period. It has absolutely nothing to do with gender.

Companies are just not paying what the market is at and that is stopping people from going into the sector. Additionally companies are going towards contracting positions for Cybersecurity rather than investing in the person which for "the average woman" is not going to be appealing.

The company I work for is an anomaly in that they pay for cybersecurity training. They send us to SANS training. They pay for certifications. They want us to better ourselves. If we get a certification, they give us a bonus. If we get an upper level certification, they increase our pay. There's incentives to bettering ourselves.

"It's a catch-22: We're not hiring women enough to allow them to develop, and [businesses] can't pay them the equivalent to a man who has more experience." - This entire line misses the point of the wage gap. Equal pay has nothing to do with more experience. If someone has more experience they should be paid more. The equal pay argument has been that if two people, one a male, the other a female with the same exact qualifications and experience, they should be paid the same, regardless of gender. That's the point of the wage gap argument and why women have been fighting to get equal pay for equal work since the 20s.

 
Christian Bryant
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Christian Bryant,
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7/6/2018 | 11:26:36 PM
Underground Female Hackers May Rise
I have daughters.  My eldest is quickly demonstrating coding aptitude.  In trying to pull up some profiles of woman coders and hackers that I could share with her for inspiration I was embarrassed at the numerous "10 Sexiest Female Hackers" and similar sites that came up.  Good thing I wasn't searching with her next to me.  I wound up just going to the sites of women I admire directly, like Limor Fried of Adafruit.  But I also know women from the underground who are more talented than any male counterpart I've had in my career but choose to remain underground for a reason.  Now, where in the commercial public sector it may appear economic equality is going backward, I caution to not despair that knowledge and skills equality is a contributing cause of that.  In fact, I'd argue women outside the mainstream are gaining skills quickly and a not-so-obvious group of women will be the future of the InfoSec industry in particular.  There is a stark difference in the attitude and drive of the underground and fringe communities in tech from the starch-shirt-wearing Microsoft, IBM or similar tech organizations.  What is missing from these reports - and I stress I am in no way minimizing the sad data they contain - is representation of the women in the FOSS communities, the underground hacker communes, Middle-East and South American activist organizations, or the gamer culture.  Men may have the lion's share of the wealth now, but so many of those men are half as talented as their driven female counterparts and one can only fake it for so long.  At some point there may come a time when women from the fringe and underground decide to come out into the daylight and in short time, they will dominate the industry by sake of their skillset alone, and once that happens, these numbers will have to change.  And I expect that change far sooner than 217 more years.  My daughters are counting on it.

     


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