Aspen Institute study finds women make up only 24% of cybersecurity workforce
Written by John Hewitt Jones
Women make up just 24% of the cybersecurity workforce, according to new research on the demographics of the tech industry by the Aspen Institute.
The study also identified a low representation of minority groups within the sector. Hispanic, African American, Asian, and Native American / Alaska Native workers accounted for 4%, 9%, 8%, and 1%, respectively.
The publication of Aspen’s research comes amid a push by senior tech officials in federal agencies to expand the government’s tech talent base and create a more diverse pipeline of new hires.
At the end of last month, Robin Carnahan, head of the General Service Administration, in a speech called on women working in technology to consider a career in the public service, and described the current balance between gender of technologists working in government as “not good enough”.
Women currently represent less than a quarter of all technologists working in the federal government.
In June, the Biden administration issued an executive order aimed at strengthening diversity in the federal government.
As part of this, agencies are required to work with educational institutions specializing in cybersecurity to advance opportunities for groups who have previously faced discrimination in employment, including people of color, women and men. women and people with disabilities.
Legislation requires all agencies to assess the current state of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility within their workforce and to develop plans to remove any barriers to success encountered. by underserved employees. It prompts agencies to seek out opportunities to establish or nurture diversity leaders within their organizations.