The cybersecurity industry has a problem: In 2019, women made up only 20 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. This statistic would be alarming in any industry given the amount of research that espouses the benefits of more balanced, diverse workforces. But it is especially troublesome in cybersecurity, where we already face a serious skills shortage.
So, if we know we stand to gain so much from a more inclusive workforce, what can we do about it? At the end of last year, I made a commitment to myself and my team that we would take focused action to help combat the gender gap in cybersecurity in three areas: representation, promotion and mentorship.