In 2017, Kaspersky's security experts came to this conclusion: "The more diverse a group is, the broader its perspective! My point this time is that women are an asset to the IT world. They make teams better, stronger and thus increase the chances of success in a secure world.
The problem is that there are currently too few women in the IT world. According to a study by the Cybersecurity Workforce, just 25 percent of the cyber security experts worldwide are currently female. That's much better than a year before ... but if you ask me, it's still far too little! What is the reason for this, for example a lack of self-confidence? Courage, dear ones! I can tell you from my own experience that it doesn't hurt to look around in new waters. Once you've taken the first step, you'll be amazed at the IT skills you've got yourself. And here's my appeal to the other 75 percent. I'm talking about the men who, unfortunately, have often been unable to get women interested in IT security. Be open and communicative so that more girls come into the cyber security industry to reduce the overall shortage of specialists. There are so many exciting topics, tasks and challenges that could be tackled more efficiently in a mixed team.
Let's assume that the magical world of penetration testing and the question of whether or not I can gain unauthorized access to a website can be fun for you. On paper, the IT world is usually an analytical world where rules, order and quality matter. This will not appeal to communicative and creative people in the first moment or even deter them. And this is precisely the problem - a misunderstanding. Because with the right amount of creativity, you can, for example, score greatly in penetration tests and make a great contribution. A second possible reason is the image of women in society. Women who are interested in IT and numbers are still something "special" or are simply considered "different". There are only a few female role models who fight against cybercrime. Women in the IT world are still far too exotic. This must change, says the initiative "Woman in Cybersecurity Awards". The focus is basically on the next generation of female IT professionals, but also on IT professionals. They receive awards for their outstanding achievements. This is intended to strengthen the public perception of female security specialists and encourage other women. Deutsche Telekom has a similar approach with its Women's MINT Award. There, thesis from the growth areas of the future are honored.
In the meantime, take a closer look at the initiatives. Next time I will try to inspire newcomers to the IT world and introduce them to cyber security. You will also get an example of the work of the Group's internal security department. Cyber security counts on you!