Women in Cyber Security: Making Strides to Close the Gap
The IT industry has long been dominated by men. And while women still make up a small percentage of the IT workforce, they are making greater strides in IT leadership roles. This is especially true of women in cyber security.
According to the infographic below, women in the information security profession represent about 10% of the work force, yet now a greater percentage of women (20%) hold governance, risk and compliance (GRC) leadership positions.
In addition, 58% of women leaders have advanced degrees (master’s or doctorate) compared with just 47% of men. Unfortunately, inequality in pay is still a major issue. The average woman’s annual salary is 4.7% less than a man’s.
But for women, it’s not just about the pay. Flexible work schedules, covering the costs of professional security certification expenses and offering training programs are all incentives that women place high importance on.
Take a look at the infographic below for more information. Women in cyber security are starting to close the gender gap but the gap still remains wide.
Breaking Barriers…for the Next Generation
At George Mason’s School of Business, we are taking steps to support women. George Mason School of Business’ Women in Business Initiative aims to provide a unique platform of engagement for professional development and networking and to build a supportive network of female business professionals that will open doors for our current female students, our female alumni, and other businesswomen, alike.
Our MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security masters degree providing a path to enhance professionals in the cyber security field and put them at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges. This cyber security masters program provides students with the leadership and management expertise needed while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks. This cross-disciplinary program draws on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, Schar School of Policy and Government, and Volgenau School of Engineering.
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