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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.

Jessica LaBouve is Solutions Architect at Bishop Fox:

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.



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