Women, Minorities Largely Absent from Cybersecurity Jobs

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​Despite growing threats from hackers and a talent shortage in the information security industry, women and minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the cybersecurity profession.Women make up just 11 percent and minorities are slightly less than 12 percent of the cyber workforce, noted Amjed Saffarini, CEO of Arlington, Va.-based CyberVista, a cybersecurity workforce development firm.”With a potential shortfall of qualified cybersecurity professionals estimated at 1.5 million by 2019, the industry simply can’t afford to ignore such a large pool of potential talent,” said Saffarini, who cited these global industry figures in a release as he announced that his company will provide cybersecurity certification training funds to women and minorities.Industry unemployment stood at 0 percent last year, with 1 million open jobs, Cybersecurity Ventures reported. The cyber economy research firm, based in Menlo Park, Calif., has predicted that global spending on cybersecurity

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