Are female IT pros best equipped to lead IT security efforts?

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
January 13, 2014

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

The use of big data in business decision making has taken off over the last few years. With more solutions going digital, collecting information is easier than ever, but it has also created the challenge of managing this data and keeping it secure at all times. As this landscape moves from a subset of IT to a full-blown section of the department, the skill set needed to head these systems changes and, according to a new study, women may be the best possible option to lead this change.

According to a recent study by Frost and Sullivan, in collaboration with (ISC)2 and Symantec, women currently make up 11 percent of the global information security workforce. However, women may be best suited to lead IT security efforts – the study found stronger proponents of security and risk management training than their male counterparts.

According to Julie Peeler, the (ISC)2 foundation director, women are in a great position to grab the reins of information security.

“When we look at where the field is heading in the future and how the lines are being blurred to includes things like risk management and GRC, the number-one sought-after skill set is that of a security analyst,” Peeler said. “By and large, women are more likely to possess this skill set than men.”

This signifies a large shift in the information security jobs marketplace. VARs and MSPs need to be aware of how the landscape is changing and partner with VAR Staffing to identify and recruit the impactful talent that is needed to conquer data security challenges.

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