Cyber Security
Bootcamp for Women


We are very proud to say we have trained over 10,000 women from around the globe via our free
Cyber Security Bootcamp for Women BUT we still get asked why?

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As our world becomes increasingly digital, the importance of cybersecurity has never been greater. The risks of cyberattacks and data breaches are constantly growing, and businesses and individuals alike need to be able to protect their data and online assets. However, despite the growing need for cybersecurity professionals, the industry has been historically male-dominated, with women underrepresented in the field. This lack of diversity not only limits the industry's potential for growth and innovation but also perpetuates the gender gap in technology. In this article, we will explore the importance of women in the cybersecurity industry, the significant career opportunities available, and the current predictions regarding the cyber skills shortage.


According to a report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), women represent only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce in Europe. This lack of diversity can limit the industry's ability to solve problems and develop new approaches to cybersecurity. Furthermore, as the demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to continue growing, increasing the number of women in the industry is crucial to address the ongoing skills gap.


Fortunately, women possess the necessary skills to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. A report by the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu found that women are more likely than men to hold advanced degrees in cybersecurity or related fields. This highlights the importance of providing support and opportunities for women to pursue careers in cybersecurity.


Moreover, the cybersecurity industry offers significant career opportunities and high salaries. According to a report by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the European cybersecurity market is predicted to grow from €28 billion in 2016 to €63 billion by 2023. With such a high demand for cybersecurity professionals, individuals in this field can expect to earn competitive salaries. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) reports significant salaries for information and cyber security professionals  across all roles.


The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a senior-level executive responsible for overseeing an organization's cybersecurity strategy, policies, and procedures. This role is critical in ensuring that an organization's digital assets and data are protected from cyber threats.


According to a report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the CISO role is becoming increasingly important in Europe, with a growing demand for skilled professionals in this area. Furthermore, a report by Kaspersky indicates that women may be particularly well-suited for the CISO role due to their strong communication and collaboration skills.


The CISO role also offers significant career opportunities and high salaries. A report by CSO Online found that the average salary for a CISO in Europe is €163,000 per year. Furthermore, the report notes that CISO salaries can range from €110,000 to €270,000, depending on factors such as location, industry, and level of experience. There are even CISO roles documented in industry press that have surpassed the €1m mark.


Women are well-positioned to excel in the CISO role due to their unique skill sets. According to a report by the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, women possess strong communication and collaboration skills, which are critical for the CISO role. Additionally, the report notes that women may be more adept at identifying and mitigating cybersecurity risks due to their ability to consider different perspectives and approaches.


In conclusion, the CISO role presents significant career opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. Women, in particular, may be well-suited for this role due to their unique skill sets and the growing demand for diversity in the industry. As the cybersecurity industry continues to evolve and grow, the CISO role will remain critical in ensuring the protection of digital assets and data.


However, with such a high demand for cybersecurity professionals, there is a growing concern about the cyber skills shortage. In the face of this challenge, initiatives such as the "Cyber Security Bootcamp for Women" have emerged to provide free training to women around the world. This program, launched by the International Cyber Threat Task Force (ICTTF) based in Dublin, Ireland, has already delivered training to over 8,000 women globally.


The positive impact of this program is evident. By providing women with access to free training, the ICTTF is helping to address the skills gap and promote diversity in the industry. The ICTTF, led by world-renowned cybersecurity expert Paul C. Dwyer, is a driving force for women in cybersecurity. As the founder of the ICTTF, Dwyer has been a vocal advocate for increasing the number of women in cybersecurity and promoting diversity in the industry.

In conclusion, the importance of women in the cybersecurity industry cannot be overstated. By bringing diversity, unique perspectives, and essential skills to the table, women can help to bridge the skills gap, close the gender gap in technology, and address the ongoing demand for cybersecurity professionals. With significant career opportunities and high salaries available, the cybersecurity industry offers an exciting and rewarding career path for women. The "Cyber Security Bootcamp for Women" is just one of many initiatives that are helping to promote diversity in the industry and provide access to training for women worldwide. By continuing to support and encourage women in cybersecurity, we can help to build a safer and more secure digital world for all.

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Paul C Dwyer is the  ICTTF President, recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on cyber security, risk and privacy.
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