As part of the IDG Contributor Network, I recently published an opinion on CSO online about how organizations can foster employee growth in the cybersecurity industry by making a bigger place in it for women. In that opinion, I shared tips, tricks and best practices to help women excel and thrive in an industry largely dominated by men. Here’s an excerpt from that article:
Women are underrepresented in every industry, at every level of companies. Even more discouraging, a report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that there are significantly less women in the higher ranks of companies, indicating that growth of a female employee plateaus before their careers have even taken off.
Not surprisingly, a mere 11 percent of the world’s information security workforce are women and less than 2 percent of those women hold C-Suite level positions. This begs the question: how can the women that have become industry leaders help those in entry-level positions grow and develop their careers? Put simply, by acting as mentor to foster career advancement and encourage continued growth.
While there’s no silver-bullet solution, here are some tried-and-true strategies and best practices for leaders to cultivate talent within their organization and build female leaders within the cybersecurity industry.
Read the full opinion on CSO online to learn how women, who are industry leaders, can benefit their organizations by mentoring other qualified women within their cybersecurity teams.