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Closing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity: 3 Critical Steps
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josephrovira
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josephrovira,
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5/20/2016 | 3:29:56 PM
Women in Cybersecurit
It would be awesome to have more women in cybersecurity or in the information systems field in general. However, unlike what I am hearing about statistics and unbalanced gender representation, the real reason is that women are valuable in this field just by their ability to offer a rare but essential perspective that is often overlooked by any gender dominated field. I am well aware that cybersecurity and the IT profsession is not really "glamourous" or an exiciting field to be in and thus not appealing to many. Diversity in the cybersecurity field is key to an effective method to combat the constant asymmetrical threats that we face. We must be able to have the different persective that are offered by both genders and cultures in order to do the jobs we are genourously paid for. I know this job sucks when it comes to talking about what you do to anyone that is not a part of it, but that is the nature of our profession. You can always get involved in a decent hobby that you can talk to your friends about.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/23/2016 | 1:42:43 PM
Re: Women in Cybersecurit
"It would be awesome to have more women in cybersecurity ..."

I would agree with this. Women being detail oriented and organized they would be quite successful in cybersecurity.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/23/2016 | 1:46:06 PM
Re: Women in Cybersecurit
".. I know this job sucks when it comes to talking about what you do to anyone that is not a part of it ..."

I actually consider IT exciting. Especially last 20 years has been great and the progress that has been made in IT way overpassed all other major areas and it is exciting to be in IT.
josephrovira
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josephrovira,
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5/23/2016 | 5:06:16 PM
Re: Women in Cybersecurit
I have been in this field for 34 years now and I can't think of anything that was really exciting. I can find many times that I have felt sheer panic and a sense of dread, nothing exciting in a good way. However, I am glad you can perhaps share some of your moments of excitement that would hopefully sway a promising student to go into our field.

Honestly, the main reason that I am in this field is that I am very good at it. Though it may be that I have just become jaded with it since I have never found it very challenging.
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rstoney,
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5/23/2016 | 9:46:15 AM
Gender Gap
Perhaps I will be accused of being a luddite here, or not seeing "The Big Picture" -- but I really do not care about the gender gap.  

When I engage in my profession, either in person or online, during work hours or what I do on my own I really do not care about your chromosome composition.  What I care about is that you are highly proficent and willing to teach, proficient and willing to teach, or even just starting out and wanting to learn.  Or any place on the sliding scale.  Nodding towards current events - which bathroom you decide to use is inane useless details to me.

Would I like to see more women in the IT Security realm?  Of course.  Because that means we have a greater pool of what could be proficient people in an important field of work.  And that is the only point I care about.  

 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/23/2016 | 10:22:01 AM
Re: Gender Gap
You hit all the major points of what I have been saying for a long time. Aside from the fact that there are disparities in different industry sectors with all physical architypes, a crusade to close gaps for the wrong reasons could be detrimental to women who actually want to get into the cybersecurity field.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/23/2016 | 1:53:08 PM
Re: Gender Gap
The way I want to take this is that gender gap is just one of the parameters, skills and abilities that women bring into IT sector is valuable. That is why more women in IT better outcome for IT departments.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/23/2016 | 1:49:42 PM
Re: Gender Gap
"... Would I like to see more women in the IT Security realm?  Of course. ..."

I agree. I see it as balance between different perspectives. Women could bring better insight and organized approach to IT departments
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/23/2016 | 1:40:45 PM
Lack of Women in IT
For me, this starts from the early education and then the collage. There are not enough females in IT classes, so we do not expect there will be women in IT departments.


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