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Bridging the Cyber Skills Gap

Paving the way to a cybersecurity career

Cisco women in cybersecurity share their diverse career paths, challenges and lessons learned. We also hear from some of their colleagues who have inspired and helped them along their journeys. Read their blogs.

Inspiration

It’s mission is to give high school girls the skills and tools they need to succeed in a world where careers in STEM are growing exponentially.

As a Global Threat Analyst, I provide intelligence analysis to senior executives and security teams at Cisco. People frequently ask me how I got such an interesting job.

If you care about cyber security and you’re willing to work hard, we need you. Yes, YOU. The cybersecurity challenge is huge and there is a great need for people with diverse backgrounds to help solve it. Your path can originate in different places.

Everyone who works at Cisco knows that we encourage, promote and value a diverse workforce. Supporting women is an important part of that effort. The difference in tangible support from ten years ago to today is profound across the company.

A career in this continually evolving field must be just that: organic. It has to become part of your daily practice! 

Cisco’s Women in Cyber initiative is incredibly important. It’s all about the most important aspect of problem solving: bringing diversity of thinking to a team and to a problem—unique perspectives that we would otherwise not have because of the biases we bring from our own backgrounds.

Creativity and problem-solving skills are the most essential to have; everything else can be taught.

Every business, government agency, educational institution, organization and team can benefit from diverse viewpoints.

The Women in Cybersecurity Community is a torch of Cisco’s efforts to drive gender diversity and carve paths for women to take on cybersecurity careers and excel in their journeys, ultimately shaping a stronger cybersecurity team and industry.

For women just starting college or looking to make a career change, cybersecurity offers a range of jobs suitable for the most technical savvy to communication experts.

Benchmark study shows mature, effective privacy practices yield greater competitive advantage and lower risk.

Digitization is driving each of us across all industries to make dramatic changes to how we approach customers, products, services, and the always-on, real-time information rich marketplace.

My path to cybersecurity looks more like a winding road than a straight line, but it’s the influential role models and valuable information I consumed with every turn that paved my path towards a career in cybersecurity – specifically privacy.

Nearly half of the global workforce is female, yet women hold only 11 percent of IT and cybersecurity positions.

Every new technology opens the door for greater expansion and innovation while also breeding new challenges to solve, including security and privacy.