A recent study by Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) in collaboration with DEI firm Aleria has highlighted the challenges faced by women in the cybersecurity industry.


The study, known as the first annual State of Inclusion Benchmark in Cybersecurity assessment [2] [3], revealed that women in the cybersecurity industry face significantly worse workplace conditions compared to men, particularly in areas of respect and exclusion [2] [3]. Women are excluded at a rate two times higher than men across various categories such as respect [2] [3], career and growth [1] [2] [3], access [2] [3], and recognition [2] [3]. Leadership was identified as the main source of exclusion [2] [3], with 58% of respondents citing it as a factor [2] [3]. Additionally, women make up only 26% of cybersecurity professionals under the age of 30 [2] [3], indicating a gender disparity in the industry [2] [3]. Companies that were strategic partners of WiCyS reported fewer experiences of exclusion and higher levels of job satisfaction [2] [3], emphasizing the positive impact of inclusive policies on employee well-being and organizational success [2] [3].


Addressing these exclusionary practices is crucial in promoting gender diversity and bridging the skills gap in cybersecurity. Companies should prioritize inclusive policies to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for women in the industry. By doing so, organizations can improve employee well-being, increase job satisfaction [2] [3], and ultimately enhance organizational success.


[1] https://www.csoonline.com/article/2088360/boys-club-mentality-still-a-barrier-to-womens-success-in-cybersecurity-careers.html
[2] https://ciso2ciso.com/women-experience-exclusion-twice-as-often-as-men-in-cybersecurity-source-www-infosecurity-magazine-com/
[3] https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/women-exclusion-twice/