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Data Privacy Careers Are Helping to Close the IT Gender Gap
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REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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8/23/2018 | 3:26:16 PM
Re: Gender? How about SMART people!
LOL - yes, i would say that answers that question nicely!!!!!
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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8/23/2018 | 1:57:07 PM
Re: Gender? How about SMART people!
Actually, Dana is in IT security: Her title is Chief Risk, Privacy, and Information Security Officer, AvePoint, Inc. =)
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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8/23/2018 | 1:05:30 PM
Re: Gender? How about SMART people!
Partial agree - wrong to portray all H1-B in a group but American management has a mindset STILL RUNINNG that IT is just an expense line item in a budget - that's all - damn those high salary men and women who do quiet work in the background.  I just came to my present job from a local office outsourced to WiPro and it was a DISASTER and so much so that the CIO of the place was ASKED to resign after 2 years of living hell.  Security is a high end matter that takes years to train for so we need smart people, not cheap salary expense people, doing the work.  I have met some dumb American workers too in my day.

 

Better?
NickoD558
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8/23/2018 | 7:59:53 AM
Re: Gender? How about SMART people!
I had a funny question, why isnt the author of this article in IT? Just my logic as a human asking a good question. No? There is a gap but its not an abnormal sign of anything apocolyptic. Its just a preference by people. Some people love science more than history or any other subject. Being smart doesnt have anything to with genitalia. 
joshuz101
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8/22/2018 | 8:14:33 AM
Interest vs awareness
You stated: "As a 2016 CompTIA study illustrated, the problem isn't one of interest, but of awareness: From a young age, women aren't given the same exposure to tech career paths as their male counterparts."

The report actually listed 5 variables - awareness being one, and interest being another. One doesn't contradict the other.


  • Parents play a key role in introducing technology – Girls and boys agree that parents and guardians are the primary source for finding out what IT stands for. But boys are more likely to begin using mobile devices at an earlier age, at five years old or younger, than girls (11 percent vs. 5 percent). Boys are also slightly more likely to explore the inner workings of tech devices out of curiosity (36 percent vs. 30% of girls).
  • Girls' interest in technology lessens with age – Nearly half of boys have considered a tech career, compared to less than one-quarter of girls. Among middle school girls, 27 percent have considered a career in technology. By high school this figure drops to 18 percent.
  • Tech classes aren't enough –Girls who have taken a technology class are only slightly more likely to have considered an IT career (32 percent). Less than half of girls who've taken these courses are confident their skills are right for the job.
  • Girls lack awareness about career opportunities – Of girls who have not considered an IT career, 69 percent attribute this to not knowing what opportunities are available to them. More than half (53 percent) say additional information about career options would encourage them to consider a job in IT.
  • Girls need role models in the industry – Just 37 percent of girls know of someone with an IT job. This rises to 60 percent among girls who have considered an IT career.



Lack of awareness about career opportunites doesn't directly relate to lack of awareness of technology, either. 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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8/20/2018 | 4:10:43 PM
Re: Gender? How about SMART people!
@REISEN1955 Your comment about IT people working via the H1-B visa program is an unfair and inflammatory characterization of an important sector of the US workforce. While we welcome different points of view here on Dark Reading, there are more productive ways to debate the issues than disparaging groups of people this way. Let's shift the narrative to a more respectful conversation. Thank you.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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8/20/2018 | 12:21:28 PM
Gender? How about SMART people!
We do not need more women or men, we need more SMART people and less H1-B visa cheap salary people who don't know a byte from a malicious javascript component.  Women and Men need apply!   American management has to banish the notion that IT support comes on the cheap!!!  We deal with chaos every moment of every day and have to have unique smarts to deal with it.  Get rid of the notion that salary and benefit expense ALONE rules your IT staffing budgets. 


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