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Inspiring More Women to Enter Cybersecurity Field

Tips on Overcoming Barriers to Equal Opportunities
Clare Johnson, partnerships and outreach manager, University of South Wales

Deep-seated cultural issues are responsible for workplace inequality for women in cybersecurity, and recognizing unconscious biases is very important in remedying this issue, says Clare Johnson, partnerships and outreach manager at the University of South Wales in the U.K.

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Johnson calls on all-male cybersecurity teams to reach out to women and ask them what they want in a job. “Ask them to look at your job advertisements, and ask them if they'd be attracted to that job,” she says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Johnson discusses:

  • How to overcome barriers to equal opportunities for women;
  • Measures the cybersecurity industry can take to encourage more young women to enter the field;
  • Steps young people and those seeking a career change can take to move into the cybersecurity sector.

Johnson is the partnerships and outreach manager, digital and STEM, at the University of South Wales. She's also the founder of the Women in Cyber Wales cluster, which aims to provide support and networking  to women working, or hoping to work, in the cybersecurity industry.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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