Women in Cybersecurity: IBM Wants to Send You to a Hacker Conference for Free (TechRepublic)


It’s no secret that cybersecurity professionals are in great demand—about 1 million open jobs currently exist in the field, and that number is projected to reach 1.8 million jobs by 2022.

Further, this industry is missing a key demographic: Women, who make up only 11% of the world’s cybersecurity workforce, and just 1% of its leadership.

To improve female representation in the security field, on Wednesday, IBM announced a scholarship to send women to EC-Council’s Hacker Halted conference—offering to cover 100% of their entry fees. The scholarship is meant to address the underrepresentation of women in cybersecurity, and help women improve their skills and expertise in the field, according to IBM.

“Improving the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce is essential to overcoming the growing threats and challenges facing the industry – and supporting growth opportunities for women in this field is a critical part of that equation,” said Diane Delaney, worldwide talent manager at IBM Security, in a press release. “By providing scholarships at conferences like this, IBM hopes that more women will be encouraged to attend the event and stay up to speed on the latest trends and techniques which will help them become even more successful in the field.”