A Cybersecurity Generation Gap
November 16, 2015
Kelly Jackson Higgins
You've heard it over and over: the embarrassment of riches in cybersecurity job openings that sit unfilled due to a lack of skilled talent for those gigs. Meanwhile, the number of women in the cybersecurity field remains static at an anemic 10% worldwide over the past two years. And don't count on millennials to infuse fresh talent or diversity into the cybersecurity industry: a recent survey by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) found that 18- to 26-year-olds worldwide just aren't pursuing careers in the field.
Young millennial women are less interested and informed about the field than millennial men, according to the report: 52% of millennial women say cybersecurity programs and activities aren't available to them in school, while 39% of millennial men said the same. Only about half of millennial men are aware of what cybersecurity jobs entail, while just 33% of women are, the survey found.
Why aren't young people drawn to this hot industry? The Raytheon-NCSA survey indicates they just aren't getting the proper information in school. But another big hurdle is a lack of entry-level cybersecurity jobs, which limits young graduates' opportunities in the industry.