CyberFed Encourages Women to Become more Involved in Cybersecurity

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Men have long dominated the technology industry and the Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) seeks to close that gender gap. To educate and inspire women to participate in cybersecurity competitions, CyberFed produces The CyberFed Show to showcase more women in the cybersecurity sector.

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The fact of the matter is, female competitors are just as strong and savvy as men, we just need more of them.

Men have long dominated the technology industry and the Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) seeks to close that gender gap. To educate and inspire women to participate in cybersecurity competitions, CyberFed produces The CyberFed Show to showcase more women in the cybersecurity sector. Cybersecurity competitions are about talent and skill, leaving no room for gender inequality and CyberFed would like to help empower more women to enter the field!

“CyberFed is providing an opportunity to educate more women of cybersecurity competitions so that they can get more involved,” states Dr. Daniel Manson, Principal Investigator of CyberFed. “Just as #LikeAGirl empowers women, cybersecurity competitions inspire women too; such as CyberPatriot who just had their first All Girls Finals team. The fact of the matter is, female competitors are just as strong and savvy as men, we just need more of them.”

According to recent reports , despite the fact that 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, only 12% of them are in computer sciences. Even worse, the trend is not in favor of women either: In the 1980s, about 37% of computer science majors were women, compared to just 18% in 2012. In order to reverse these trends, CyberFed is reaching out to inspire more women on the importance and value of the growing the cybersecurity industry.

With the rising number of attacks on companies like Primera Blue Cross, Anthem, Sony Pictures and many more, the need for cybersecurity professionals is growing at a rapid rate. The timing has never been better for women to get involved in the cybersecurity sector especially since the Pentagon alone plans to hire at least 3000 new cybersecurity employees by 2016. These highly skilled and well-paying jobs have salaries ranging from $42,399 to $132,122. Offering big careers and big money, more women should consider entering this rapidly growing industry to help fulfill the workforce shortage.

CyberFed’s primary goal is supporting cybersecurity competitions around the world. The CyberFed website helps women of all ages and skill levels find and enter a cybersecurity competition that fits their current level of interest and expertise. Since the cybersecurity industry is only becoming more advanced, CyberFed understands the urgency to train more professionals in this industry and strongly supports and encourages women to enter this rapidly growing career.

To register for a competition, learn more about the various entry-points into a competition or have a cyber-savvy female highlighted on The CyberFed Show, visit http://www.cyberfed.org. Stay posted on all the greatest happenings in the cybersecurity competition world by subscribing to The CyberFed Show on YouTube.

About Cybersecurity Competition Federation:
The Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) is an umbrella organization that provides players of all ages and skill levels a point of entry into cybersecurity competitions. CyberFed focuses on communications, promotions and autonomy of competition creators, business models and does not interfere with funding sources. Each week, CyberFed produces The CyberFed Show that covers the world of cybersecurity competitons. To learn more, visit http://www.cyberfed.org.

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