The gender gap seems to be widening in cyber-security.
While it would seem women could help stop a hacker as well as any man could, a recently released survey shows that men are five times more likely than women to consider careers in cyber-security. The survey indicates the reason could be that men more likely receive the training and networking opportunities that would help them be successful in the field.
The survey of some of some 4,000 adults 18-26, released this month, was commissioned by cyber-security firm Raytheon along with the National Cyber Security Alliance. It surveyed adults from countries including the U.S., Qatar, France, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
“We have our work cut out for us to encourage young adults to pursue this profession and to address the widening gender gap, particularly here in the U.S,” said Jack Harrington, vice president of cybersecurity and special missions for Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services business.
Fifty-two percent of women surveyed said they felt that no cyber-security programs or activities were available to them, while 39% of men said the same. Male respondents were also twice as likely to say they had spoken with cyber-security professionals.
The survey also highlighted gaps in American postsecondary education: 74% of U.S. women and 57% of U.S. men said schools did not offer the skills that are needed to pursue a degree in computer sciences.