International Women’s Day: Brexit, Skills-Gap and #BalanceforBetter in the Cybersecurity Industry

This year’s International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceforBetter is a positive call-to-action to drive gender balance across the world. This year’s campaign states that the race is on for a gender-balanced boardroom and gender balance amongst employees. I admire the #IWD2019’s rallying call to put on our running shoes. With the economic uncertainty of Brexit looming, we certainly need to get going.How bad is the skills gap? Why does it matter?Balance is not a women’s issue; it’s a business issue, and it’s nothing new. In recent years, gender parity has been identified as critical to reducing the skills shortage within STEM and the cybersecurity industry specifically. The recent (ISC) 2Cybersecurity Workforce study found that the global cybersecurity skills gap has grown to almost three million. This issue is only getting worse, according to ESG, with over half of organizations reporting a problematic shortage in skills year after year. As the skills gap widens and the cybercrime epidemic worsens ($6 trillion annually by 2021), there’s a critical need to attract and retain talent.