Cybersecurity, Women and Minorities: Findings and Recommendations from a Preliminary Investigation

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ITiCSE -WGR '13 Proceedings of the ITiCSE working group reports conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education-working group reports Pages 1-14 Canterbury, England, United Kingdom — June 29 - July 03, 2013 ACM New York, NY, USA ©2013 table of contents

ISBN: 978-1-4503-2665-0 doi>10.1145/2543882.2543883


This paper presents the work done by the ACM ITiCSE, 2013 Conference Working Group (WG) on Cybersecurity, Women and Minorities: How to Succeed in the Career! The ITiCSE 2013 conference was held July 1-3, 2013, in Canterbury, United Kingdom. The overall goal of the WG was to conduct a preliminary investigation into the reasons behind the lack of women and minorities within the field of Cybersecurity. This is not just an issue of academic or research interest, but is important in ensuring that a greater number of women and minorities progress through a full career in Cybersecurity. There are currently no statistics available on the numbers of women and minorities either currently enrolled in or graduated from these programs. There is a need to explore the full range of factors that influence women and minority’s decisions not to consider a career in Cybersecurity.