While the industry throws around a familiar – and seemingly static – statistic that women make up a mere 11-13 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, John McCumber, director of cybersecurity advocacy at ISC(2), recently told SC Media that number may be as high as 30 percent. Still, while that hints of some progress, that’s far a cry from equal footing.

With a well-known shortage of trained professionals looming 69 percent of respondents in Part One of ISACA’s 2019 State of Cybersecurity report said their cybersecurity teams are understaffed. Retention, too, is difficult and positions remain open six months or more, six out of 10 respondents said. Study after study finds that a more diverse workforce not only fills those gaps but lead to greater innovation and agility.

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, women in cybersecurity weigh in on diversity in the workplace, the strides women have made, their inspirations and what’s needed going forward increase the presence and influence of women.

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