Millennials–especially young women–not pursuing careers in cybersecurity due to lack of both awareness and interest.
You’ve heard it over and over: the embarrassment of riches in cybersecurity job openings that sit unfilled due to a lack of skilled talent for those gigs. Meanwhile, the number of women in the cybersecurity field remains static at an anemic 10% worldwide over the past two years. And don’t count on millennials to infuse fresh talent or diversity into the cybersecurity industry: a recent survey by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) found that 18- to 26-year-olds worldwide just aren’t pursuing careers in the field.
Young millennial women are less interested and informed about the field than millennial men, according to the report: 52% of millennial women say cybersecurity programs and activities aren’t available to them in school, while 39% of millennial men said the same. Only about half of millennial men are aware of what cybersecurity jobs entail, while just 33% of women are, the survey found.
Why aren’t young people drawn to this hot industry? The Raytheon-NCSA survey indicates they just aren’t getting the proper information in school. But another big hurdle is a lack of entry-level cybersecurity jobs, which limits young graduates’ opportunities in the industry.
Join me on the next episode of Dark Reading Radio, “Millennials & The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage,” this Wednesday, November 18 at 1pm ET/10am PT, as we explore this conundrum with the experts: Valecia Maclin, Raytheon’s program director for the Department of Homeland Security’s network security deployment division, and millennials Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm, co-founder of the dc408 and Vegas 2.0 hacker groups, and Ryan Sepe, information security analyst at Radian Group Inc.
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Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise … View Full Bio