Inspiring More Women to Enter Cybersecurity FieldTips on Overcoming Barriers to Equal Opportunities
Deep-seated cultural issues are responsible for workplace inequality for women in cybersecurity, and recognizing unconscious biases is very important in remedying this issue, says Clare Johnson, partnerships and outreach manager at the University of South Wales in the U.K.
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Johnson calls on all-male cybersecurity teams to reach out to women and ask them what they want in a job. “Ask them to look at your job advertisements, and ask them if they'd be attracted to that job,” she says.
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Johnson discusses:
- How to overcome barriers to equal opportunities for women;
- Measures the cybersecurity industry can take to encourage more young women to enter the field;
- Steps young people and those seeking a career change can take to move into the cybersecurity sector.
Johnson is the partnerships and outreach manager, digital and STEM, at the University of South Wales. She's also the founder of the Women in Cyber Wales cluster, which aims to provide support and networking to women working, or hoping to work, in the cybersecurity industry.