The Cybersecurity Field Is Growing, But Its Diversity Isn't

By Carlton Purvis

Experts who gave input for Chabro’s report attributed the lack of diversity in IT positions to lack of diversity in the pool employers have to pull from.

Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, said many IT personnel come from the armed forces – a group dominated by white males. Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a program that encourages high school and college-age students to consider the IT field, said that children are taught what jobs they can and can’t do at a young ages and the option of IT isn't  marketed well to those underrepresented populations.

Many colleges and nonprofits are offering scholarships for students in these underrepresented groups to try and diversify the field. (ISC)2, offers two scholarships totaling $40,000 for women in school working toward IT careers and the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program strongly encourages minorities and community college students to apply for their scholarship program that includes tuition, room and board, training, and an internship, for example.

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