"What we're dealing with is a massive imbalance in the respect and responsibility and leadership roles given to women," said Tarah Wheeler, a 2020 Women in IT Security honoree and the author of the seminal book, "Women in Tech."

The most optimistic projections of how many technical jobs in cybersecurity are held by women hover around 20 percent. When you consider that women make up roughly half the population, and that a cybersecurity workforce shortage is regularly described as a national security threat, the current reality is not just inequitable – it’s geopolitically unsustainable.   

“Treating security as a multidisciplinary problem isn’t just about bringing in social scientists,” said Amit Elazari, director of cybersecurity policy at Intel, which has committed to increasing its percentage of women in technical roles to 40 percent by 2030.  “It’s about bringing in multiple types of experiences.” 

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