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2015 has been a historic year for women in the military. The Armed Forces saw the first two women to complete the Army Ranger training, and most recently, the Department of Defense announced that women would be allowed to pursue all combat positions. These two major advances for female servicemembers are not exclusively beneficial to the military. The cybersecurity sector could see a major bump in female influence, as well.
Cybersecurity and the military
The military’s ever-increasing reliance on technology means that cybersecurity has become a priority for the Armed Forces. According to the National Cybersecurity Institute’s article “Cybersecurity in the modern military,” millions of military devices are linked electronically, meaning that if one is hacked, it puts the others at risk. This is a problem when one considers the move toward unmanned drone usage. In addition to those considerations, the military is responsible for copious amounts of sensitive data. Hackers from other countries have targeted the military to gain access to this confidential information, meaning that cybersecurity is a huge factor in the nation’s safety.
Where do women fit in?
Before all combat positions were opened up to women, females interested in serving their countries sometimes had to find alternative jobs in the Armed Forces. This led to an increase of women who pursued information technology and data security jobs while the men were in the field, according to The Washington Post. These women spent years mastering the art of cybersecurity and watching as the industry shifted. They became the experts on cybersecurity in weapons and military technologies. Now that more combat positions are available to female soldiers, they have the opportunity to bring their cybersecurity training into battle with them. More women using their cybersecurity skills on the frontlines could mean an increased interest in information technology education for other women.
The military’s need for a strong cybersecurity force will only continue to grow. The expansion of positions available to women servicemembers brings about an interesting opportunity for the cybersecurity industry’s push for diversification. By educating women in cybersecurity and data protection and by nurturing this interest with programs like the National Cybersecurity Institute’s Women in Cybersecurity Initiative, the military could put skilled women to work in vital frontlines technology roles.
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