No salary gap in the industry makes it a viable option for women, says cybersecurity training body
The cyber security training training organisation International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² is offering scholarships to encourage more women to plug skills gap identified in a report earlier this year.
The organisation says on its website: "To inspire women to join the ever growing field of Information Security, the (ISC)² Foundation will award up to two scholarships totalling up to US$40,000."
The organisation is also offering multiple grants of up to $5,000 to undergraduates, and seed funding of up to eight grants for up to $3,000 each to graduate doing research in cyber security.
Applications need to be submitted by 3 October.
(ISC)² foundation manager Julie Peeler told SearchSecurity that the grants are aimed at bridging the skills gap identified in the 2011 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study, published in February.
"The percentage of women in the industry is holding pretty steady at 10 to 11%," Peeler said.
"So, as the industry grows, there are numerically more women, but the proportion is around the same. Like many science and technology industries, we have some trouble attracting women."
Peeler suggested that cybersecurity is a good career choice for women.
"According to the workforce study, there is no salary gap between men and women in our industry. So it’s a very viable option for women," she said.
"And employers are now looking at diversity in a different way. Hiring professionals are looking for a diversity of thought and approach, of problem solving, management techniques and diversity of experiences in life," Peeler added.