Overcoming gender disparity in cyber security profession

The workforce shortage and gender disparity in cybersecurity profession pose a greater risk to the digital economies from cyber adversaries. The global efforts and initiatives for women to pursue career in cybersecurity field tend to be lesser than men along with various societal barriers, which consequently result in their underrepresentation and underutilization in cyber industry. The G20 states and other nations equally share the cyberspace and therefore need to collaborate and complement efforts to address gender disparity in cybersecurity profession. Providing education, training, entrepreneurship, and equal opportunities to women in cybersecurity would help to build a safe and resilient cyberspace and would also contribute to their socio-economic empowerment.