Diversity and the cyber workforce

Diversity and the cyber workforce

Data shows that the cybersecurity workforce in government isn’t as diverse as the rest of government, said Dexter Brooks, associate director of the Office of Federal Operations in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, during a Jan. 25 panel on cybersecurity and diversity held by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).In terms of gender, women make up a smaller proportion of federal IT jobs than they do in the overall federal workforce. About 45% of the federal workforce is women, but women make up less than 30% of federal IT employees, said Brooks.And both women and people of color hold leadership positions at a lower rate in the IT space than the government writ large, Brooks said. 

US Federal cybersecurity workforce less diverse than government overall.


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