The cybersecurity industry desperately needs more skilled workers to help protect our data, yet experts in the field say it has only just begun to explore one obvious solution: Recruit more women. Recent high-profile data breaches at three Ontario hospitals, credit-monitoring agencies TransUnion and Equifax, as well as at Capital One, Desjardins and DoorDash, compromised the sensitive information of millions of Canadians. These serve as powerful examples of a growing problem. “National and economic security depends on strong cybersecurity defences, and most nations are lacking,” said industry veteran Lisa Kearney. Yet in the 24 years she’s been in the field, the Vancouver-based Kearney says she has only worked with “a handful” of other women, raising questions about why nearly half of the potential workforce is giving the industry a pass when so much rides on filling those empty positions. In 2018, Kearney founded a non-profit called the Women CyberSecurity Society, aimed at helping women and girls interested in the cybersecurity field find good careers — and then supporting them so they want to stay. I think there’s a huge opportunity for women to be able to come into this space and have a successful, satisfying career in cybersecurity.- Lisa Kearney, founder of the Women CyberSecurity Society “I think there’s a huge opportunity… Read full this story
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