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Does a Career in Information Security Appeal to Women?

Title:
Does a Career in Information Security Appeal to Women?
Authors:
Abstract:
Information security is a fast-growing, forward-looking career offering women good opportunities to assert their position and shape the development of the field and the future alike. However, worldwide the proportion of women in information security is very low. Increasing the number of women would help address the anticipated labor shortage and integrate diverse perspectives and experiences. In preparation for the development of a gender-sensitive job profile in information security, we analyzed existing ads in the field with regard to gender-sensitive images and language as well as the preferences of women (and men) for certain job characteristics and skill sets. The analysis was complemented by insights derived from job descriptions and interviews with female and male experts working in information security. Although the job ads highlight important issues for women, there is still room for improvement if more women (and men) are to be attracted to the field.
Year:
2019
Publication type:
Conference contribution
Conference:
23rd World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2019)
Book title:
23rd World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2019)
Publisher:
Orlando, Florida, USA: InternationaI lnstitute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS)
ISBN:
978-1-950492-08-4
Series:
Volume I
Pages:
7-12
Language:
English
Document status:
Published
PubListerURL:
https://publister.bib.th-wildau.de/publister/public/publication/2713
Keywords:
STEM, gender, computing, information security, data protection, job ad analysis
Fuhrmann, F., & Scholl, M. (2019). Does a Career in Information Security Appeal to Women? In N. Callaos, B. Peoples, B. Sánchez, & M. Savoie, 23rd World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2019) (pp. 7-12). Orlando, Florida, USA: InternationaI lnstitute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) (Volume I).
@inproceedings{2713,
    author           = {Fuhrmann, Frauke and Scholl, Margit},
    title            = {Does a Career in Information Security Appeal to Women? : An empirical analysis of job ads,  supplemented by job descriptions and narratives},
    editor           = {N. Callaos, B. Peoples, B. Sánchez, & M. Savoie},
    year             = {2019},
    month            = {July},
    pages            = {7-12},
    publisher        = {InternationaI lnstitute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS)},
    series           = {Volume I},
    address          = {Orlando, Florida, USA},
    isbn             = {978-1-950492-08-4},
    booktitle        = {23rd World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2019)},
    url              = {https://www.iiis.org/CDs2019/CD2019Summer/papers/SA076EB.pdf},
}


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