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Groundbreaking study to understand the gender dimensions of the security sector in Australia

Australia needs 7,000 more practitioners in the cybersecurity sector alone by 2024, according to AustCyber. Given the growing awareness of the benefits of diversity for organizational performance, decision-making and responsiveness to real-world challenges, the lack of skills and diversity in the cybersecurity industry also means that the sector is not not work as optimally as it could.

“Currently available estimates suggest that women make up somewhere between 11% and 24% of the cybersecurity workforce, there is no solid measure of the gender composition of the security industry. Australian, or a clear picture of the types of jobs women undertake and the skills they possess.” said the director of the RMIT Center for Cyber ​​Security Research & Innovation, Professor Matt Warren.

“This study will aim to give a more robust and definitive estimate of gender diversity within the security workforce.” he said

AWSN Executive Director Jacqui Loustau said the study will allow AWSN to assess the impact of its initiatives.

“Having a baseline and a clearer picture of the actual number of women working in the security industry will allow us to measure the success of initiatives to attract, support and retain women in the industry,” she said.

AWSN’s involvement in the study was facilitated by sponsorship support from the Australian Directorate of Signals, one of Australia’s principal national security agencies.

RMIT economist and research team member Dr Leonora Risse added that the research project would also provide “a deeper understanding of the barriers and enablers to women’s careers in the security sector”.

“The knowledge generated by the research project will be invaluable in expanding the sector’s talent pool and equipping it for the growing challenges and demands it will face in the future,” she said.

“While existing research suggests general ways to expand the sector’s talent pool, little attention is paid to gender inequalities and the factors behind the low representation of women in the sector,” Risse added.

“This project provides information to better understand the factors that can either support or deter women from pursuing and thriving in a career in the security sector.”

Professor Warren encouraged all security personnel, including physical security, personnel security, information security, cybersecurity and security governance, and of all genders, to respond to the ‘investigation.

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