The European Commission together with the Women4Cyber initiative of the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO) has launched the first online registry of European women in cybersecurity to connect expert groups, businesses and policy makers to talents in the field.
The registry is an open, user-friendly database of women that have expertise in cybersecurity, aiming to address the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in Europe and the related shortage of talents in the field.
The cybersecurity field is suffering from a massive skills shortage. The gap, predicted to hit 1.8 million globally by 2022 and 350,000 in Europe alone, is exacerbated by lack of female representation – with women comprising only 11% of the workforce, according to the ''Women in Cybersecurity'' research. For Europe the percentage is even lower at 7%.
Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “Cybersecurity is everyone's business. Women bring experience, perspectives and values into the development of digital solutions. It is important to both enrich the discussion and make the cyberspace more secure.”
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “A diverse cybersecurity workforce will contribute to more innovative and robust cybersecurity. The registry will be a useful tool to promote women cybersecurity professionals and create a more diverse and inclusive cybersecurity ecosystem.”
Commissioner for the Internal market, Thierry Breton, said: “Over the years we have been promoting various successful initiatives aimed at increasing training in digital skills, notably in the cybersecurity field.
"Every cyber team needs to combine various skills combining data science, analytics and communication. The registry is a tool aimed at achieving better gender balance in the cybersecurity workforce.”
The registry, which outlines diverse profiles and maps various areas of expertise, is accessible to everyone and will be updated regularly. More information about the Women4Cyber initiative is available here, about the Commission Cybersecurity strategy here and women can join the Women4Cyber Registry by clicking here.