As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s not just a day of acknowledgement; it’s a call to action. In the dynamic world of cyber security, where innovation shapes the future, the need for diverse perspectives is more critical than ever. In the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology’s Cyber Security Skills in the UK Labour Market 2023 article, it was published that only 17% of the cyber workforce is female. This percentage fell from 22% in 2022. This suggests that we’re currently facing women leaving the sector at a time when we’re doing all we can to encourage them into it.

It’s time for a change.

At UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3), we recognise the transformative power of inclusivity, especially in an industry evolving at the speed of technology.

Historically, the field of cyber security has been male-dominated. However, the landscape is evolving, and women are increasingly making their mark. Representation matters not just for the sake of parity but for the richness of thought it brings. Diverse teams drive innovation, enhance problem-solving, and reflect the broader spectrum of end-users.

At UKC3, we are committed to championing diversity in cyber security. Our clusters serve as hubs where professionals from various backgrounds, including women, converge to share insights, expertise, and visions for the future. These clusters play a pivotal role in creating networks that break down barriers and foster an environment where everyone’s voice is not just heard but valued. Many of the clusters also hold events where women and allies can network and discuss the issues and challenges they face in such a predominantly male workspace.

Encouraging the Next Generation

Inspiring the next generation of women in cyber security is fundamental to reshaping the industry’s narrative. UKC3 actively supports initiatives that encourage girls and young women from all walks of life, to explore STEM fields and, specifically, cyber security. By collaborating with educational institutions, industry leaders, and our vibrant cluster communities, we aim to create pathways that welcome and nurture female talent.

Below is Danielle Phillips’, Director of CyberNorth, take on advice she’d give women and girls who are considering joining the cyber sector. 

Women Leading Change

The narrative is changing. Women are taking leadership roles in shaping cybersecurity policies, driving technological advancements, and fostering innovation. UKC3 proudly highlights the achievements of women leaders within our clusters, showcasing their expertise and impact on the industry. Their stories serve as beacons, guiding others to envision a future where anyone, regardless of gender, can thrive in cyber security.

Below is a video of Dr. Clare Johnson’s, Founder of Women in Cyber Wales, thoughts on what International Women’s Day means to her. 

Next Steps

International Women’s Day is not just a day; it’s a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. At UKC3, we are dedicated to being catalysts for change in the cyber sector. By championing diversity, celebrating the achievements of women in the field, and fostering inclusive communities, we believe in a future where every voice, regardless of gender, plays a vital role in securing our digital world. Together, let’s empower women to shape the future of cyber. Happy International Women’s Day!