[ISN] A change in wording could attract more women to infosec

www.csoonline.com/article/3005406/it-careers/a-change-in-wording-could-attract-more-women-to-infosec.html By Lysa Myers CSO Nov 17, 2015 Information security is an endeavor that is frequently described in terms of war: Red team. Blue team. White hat. Black hat. Battle plan. Kill chain. Command and Control. Trojan horse. Payload. Demilitarized zone. Reconnaissance. Infiltration. Adversary. But what would the gender balance of this industry be like if we used more terms from other disciplines? At the recent National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference, I found myself in several discussions about the possibility that battlefield verbiage caused girls to avoid pursuing InfoSec careers. Answering the question above is not a simple task, but we may take some clues from history, as well as other industries, to view the possibilities. The biggest reason we use so many battle-related security phrases is probably because the military has long been an incubator for new technology. Protecting that machinery and knowledge from prying eyes is no small feat; the military trains and employs a great number of people to secure its systems. As a result, many people involved in cybersecurity started their careers in military or government organizations. As far as gender imbalances go, the military is nearly as lopsided as the InfoSec industry: 14.5 percent of the active duty force as of 2013 was comprised of women, with only 7.1 percent of the top ranks being held by women. In cybersecurity specialties 14 percent of personnel are female. Though, as is described in the previous link, many of those women have gone on to high-ranking positions in government and private sector organizations. […]