Women in IT security are a rare breed. While reports vary—it’s
estimated that anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of the IT security workforce is female—the
result is the same: men overwhelmingly dominate the field. This scarcity has
inspired organizations such as the (ISC)² and Hewlett-Packard to support scholarships aimed
at women to increase female representation in the field, but these will take
years to bear fruit.
Nevertheless, there are many highly accomplished women working in IT
security today. We interviewed three leading female figures at IBM, Cisco and
Kaspersky Labs to find out how they rose up through the ranks to get where they
are today, and what advice they have for others looking to do the same. Read more.