International Women's Day 2021: Jessica LaBouve, Bishop Fox
This is part of a running series for #IWD2021. We sat down with women leaders across the industry for a Q&A to get their insights on the state of women in cybersecurity. Recognize Women Leaders in the 2021 Tech Ascension Awards.
How has the women workforce in cybersecurity evolved over recent years? Where is it heading?
The industry knows there is a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals, which means there's too much work to go around to remain the same exclusive boys’ club. This growth is leading to a steady uptick in inclusion events and scholarships. Companies are realizing this more welcoming culture shift is key to building up and retaining a talented, diverse workforce capable of keeping up.
What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into cybersecurity?
Find a supportive network, community, or mentor you trust. This industry can be overwhelming and hard to navigate on your own.
How can we get more women involved in cybersecurity?
A good start is working with programs and organizations that encourage young women to become passionate about technology. The Girl Scouts have a STEM weekend program that I've been involved with in the past.