Women hold 25 percent of cybersecurity jobs globally in 2022, up from 20 percent in 2019, and around 10 percent in 2013.
We predict that women will represent 30 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce by 2025, and that will reach 35 percent by 2031. This goes beyond securing corporate networks and includes IoT, IIoT and ICS security, and cybersecurity for medical, automotive, aviation, military defense, and other.
Our latest research figures are based on in-depth discussions with numerous industry experts in cybersecurity and human talent, third-party reports, surveys, and media sources — and it reveals that while the situation is improving, it is nowhere near enough.
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Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that in 2022, 3.5 million cybersecurity roles will remain vacant. Furthermore, we expect this to hold steady through 2025.
“Women understand cyber,” according to Charlie Osborne, a top cybersecurity journalist and author of Cybercrime Magazine’s Women Know Cybersecurity 2022 Report. “They understand technology. They are no less capable than men, but discrimination, a lack of awareness, and a failure to encourage the next generation to promote cybersecurity as an attractive career path all contribute to fewer women entering the field.”
The gender gap becomes a chasm when we consider the top roles in cybersecurity. For example, our research found that women held only 17 percent of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles at Fortune 500 companies. Said otherwise, women held only 85 of 500 available CISO positions.
Thankfully, the disproportion of men and women in cybersecurity roles has not gone unnoticed. As a result, scores of initiatives and grant programs targeting underrepresented groups in our field are now active.