21 Women in Cybersecurity You Need to Know
According to TechJury, 30,000 websites are attacked daily around the globe, with new attacks every 39 seconds. And in March of 2021, there were a record 20 million breaches. But when you think about our nation’s defenders from cyber attacks, who comes to mind? When you think about the creators of policies, processes and procedures that shape how data is handled by companies, do you think about women? According to the Aspen Cybersecurity Report, women make up roughly 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. Despite the dismal statistics, women operate at various levels in the private and public sectors and they are invaluable decision-makers, problem solvers, policy writers and much more.
March 1 marks the start of Women’s History Month—a time designated to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the contributions that they make in society. This year, the Making Space initiative is spotlighting 21 amazing women who have made major contributions within their organizations or on a local, national or global level. The women selected for the spotlights were nominated by coalition partners, or identified by individuals in the R Street Institute’s and #SharetheMicinCyber networks.
Each nominator shared why the nominee should be spotlighted and provided insight into how the nominee inspired other work. For the entire month, refer to this post and follow along on Twitter as we introduce you to some of the great women who work in cybersecurity.