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Cybrary and WIT partner to help women advance in cybersecurity

Sharon Florentine | June 18, 2015
A new partnership between IT MOOC platform Cybrary and Women in Technology (WIT), a professional organization for women in the technology field, aims to address two major challenges faced by IT organizations today: a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and a lack of women in technology.

Continued collaboration

Cybrary's enterprise training platform will also support a number of other collaboration efforts within WIT, including WIT's Workforce Development Committee and CyberSecurity Special Interest Group; the expansion of the Girls in Technology CyberGirls training program for the CyberPatriot High School Competition; and support of the Cornerstone initiative, which helps to bring computer literacy to refugee women, according to Phyllis Kolmus, immediate past president of WIT and deputy director, OSD Programs at AT&T.

"Starting to learn at an early age means that these already very talented women will eventually enter the workforce more highly equipped with advanced skill sets, which will distinguish them from peers," she says.

It is crucial that public and private sector organizations take steps to address the major shortage of cyber professionals, according to research from ASD Reports, and training and education of women can be a great way to address that gap. "In cybersecurity, in particular, women are a much smaller presence than in other general IT fields — not that they make up a large percentage of workers there, either. But we're helping to make sure that number will change and grow by partnering with organizations like Cybrary so the access to learning is there," she says.

 

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