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A Call to Diversify the Cybersecurity Workforce
You’ve read about it, know it well, and can probably instantaneously identify one of today’s top cyber crises: the cybersecurity skills gap. It’s putting enterprises, governments and academic institutions at greater risk than ever because we don’t have enough professionals to mitigate, defend, and analyze incoming attacks and vulnerabilities. According to recent estimates, we are looking at the possibility of having as many as 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021. The widening career gap is due in part to the lack of diversity in the industry. Women only make up 14% of the U.S. cybersecurity workforce. A Frost & Sullivan report found that 26% of the cybersecurity workforce are minorities. According to Data USA, almost three-fourths of information security analysts are white. And we’re not just talking about racial and ethnic diversity, we’re also talking about diversity of perspective, experience and skill sets.
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