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Don't wait for educational process to close jobs gap: Hire women

Kacy Zurkus | May 9, 2016
Investing in scholarships and mentoring students is an accelerate way to bring in new talent

Don't wait for educational process to close jobs gap: Hire women

The favorite book of my soon to be 5-year-old daughter is, "Rosie Revere Engineer." It's a brilliant and inspiring tale of a young girl, Rosie, who wishes to be a great engineer. That idea never crossed my mind when I was 5, 10, 15, even 20 years old. Math was always a foreign language to me, one that in hindsight I feel I could have mastered if I had different role models.

Today, though, young women have incredible opportunities for growth in fields I never knew existed in my youth. Women are such a commodity to the digital enterprise and cyber security, that companies see them as the answer to the job gap issue. 

With the volume and cost of enterprise security breaches on the rise, business leaders continue to struggle with a lack of access to skilled security resources - this was actually the number one concern of Security Operations Center leaders interviewed by HPE for a recent report. Filling these IT security positions is essential for enterprises to better defend and protect their organizations.

"Less is being done," said Jewel Timpe, senior manager of HPE Security Research Communications at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The enterprise is impacted in every way one might expect. 

Criminals have the advantage of only having to look for a pathway in. Enterprises, though, are burdened with having to try to prevent every possible attack and protect the crown jewels all while being short on the qualified people who can defend, detect, and respond to emerging threats. It's a complete disadvantage, but not one that is as formidable as it might sound.

Investing in the future by training today's students is one way to grow tomorrow's workforce. Going one step further, and nurturing the skills of women, who represent only 10% of the security industry, is a fruitful resource that many should be tapping into.

HPE just announced 16 new recipients of the third annual Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS), a collegiate scholarship program that supports women pursuing careers in the IT security industry. In collaboration withApplied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), HPE has supported 46 women through academic funding and hands-on internship opportunities since the program's inception in an effort to proactively address the industry-wide talent and gender gap. 

Three years ago, HPE jumped in on the opportunity to fund scholarships for women offered through ACSA. "We put up money for scholarships to help fund either bachelors or higher level masters degrees," said Timpe.


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