The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths

Amid high-profile breaches on websites such as Ashley Madison and the IRS, experts say the need for cybersecurity professionals—including women—is only growing.

Nearly 2 million global cybersecurity professionals will be needed by 2017, according to the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College. At the same time, the cybersecurity industry is facing a gender gap.

“One of the interesting things that we see is that 50 percent or more of those graduating from college are women, and 11 percent only are in the cybersecurity field,” said Shelley Westman, vice president at IBM Security. “So what we see is as an industry, we’re leaving a lot of talent on the table,” she said.

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