My last role was leading a team at a network security systems integrator. When I asked a recruiter why I had received only one female CV in three months, the answer shocked me: "Women are looking for more administrative/secretarial type roles. They don't really have an interest in or awareness of IT security."
According to Cyber Security Challenge UK, at present only around 10 per cent of the industry is female.
I was pleased to see a tweet from Duncan Malthouse-Hobbs at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, about the student participation in a simulated cyber crisis to raise awareness of the cyber security challenge organisations face today.
Showing students breadth of career paths available in cyber security is a positive leap forward. "Kids who like to solve puzzles and exercise their creativity and wit should seriously consider computing and cyber as an academic subject that will open the doors to an intellectually stimulating and (why not) financially rewarding career," commented Trinity Fellow, Professor Frank Stajano.
At LogRhythm we pride ourselves on innovation. Women play a key role in our leadership and product development. It's exciting to see 25 US and UK universities participate in this activity supported by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, the UK Cabinet Office and US National Science Foundation.
Hopefully we will see a change in recruitment dynamics with more women looking for a career in IT security in the future, driven by this type of initiative.
Computer security is a thrilling and fascinating subject, a mental chess game in which you must always be one step ahead of a devious adversary.