Women in cybersecurity: A study of career advancement

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, H. R. Rao, Shambhu J. Upadhyaya, Sangmi Chai

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Although cybersecurity is considered a critical area of information technology, women continue to be underrepresented among its ranks. This study, which is the first of female cybersecurity professionals, examines the skills women need to succeed in the industry, as well as the nature of the barriers and challenges they face at all points in their careers. Using face-to-face interviews and paper-based questionnaires, the study explored the views of high-ranking female cybersecurity officers and gained insights into how the needs of women might better be addressed, whether they're starting out in the educational system or advancing to the board rooms of major corporations. As cybersecurity provides an increasing number of IT jobs and becomes central to managerial operations within companies, women's advancement to executive and managerial positions will be important both for gender equity and to meet the needs of the market.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5403174
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalIT Professional
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We’re deeply grateful to Joyce Broccaglia of Alta Associates for her help with this research. The US National Science Foundation funded our research through grant 0420448, but the opinions expressed here are our own.


  • Career advancement
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT skills
  • Women professionals


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