The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) posted some interesting number recently. They noted that while females make up over 50% of the workforce, only 28% are in STEM. Considering the many opportunities there are out there, it is disappointing that women are not more involved in the field. Those poor numbers apply to minorities as well with only 6.4% of Hispanics and 8.3% of African-Americans in STEM. While those numbers seem disappointing, efforts are underway to encourage young women to join the STEM field and once in, encourage them to stay in the field.
One of the problems is that far too often people don’t know where to turn for answers. In fact, they don’t even know the questions to ask. It would be wonderful if there was just somewhere to go, someone to just sit down and talk with about careers and opportunities. With that in mind, listed below are some resources that women and minorities may find useful:
The Anita Borg Institute – seeks to recruit, advance and retain women in STEM.
The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science – helps to close the gender gap male-dominated careers.
National Center for Women and Information Technology – helps companies recruit, advance and retain, women by providing community, evidence, and action.
The Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology – Focuses on under-represented groups and works to ensure those groups are engaged in computing and information technologies.
Riley Guide to Minority Hiring – These resources are set up to meet the needs of numerous groups, including women, varied nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
The Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) – raises awareness about the importance of a cybersecurity career and the nature of the work. WiCyS works to generate interest in young females to encourage them towards cybersecurity as career option.
The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) – Offers education and training in cyber security and other technology areas as well as offering an initiative for women in cybersecurity and an opportunity to join a mentoring program.
Women and Minorities