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Mentoring scheme to counter gender gap in industry

(ISC)2 (“ISC-squared”), a not-for-profit information security body and administrators of the CISSP and CSSLP , announced that the Women in Security (WiS) group , is launching a mentoring scheme aimed at helping women interested in information security. The WiS objective – to raise the profile of women in the security industry and encourage more to join.

The (ISC)2 2013 Global Information Security Workforce study shows that the information security profession is heavily dominated by males, with only seven per cent females presently in the UK workforce.

The mentoring scheme is aimed both at new entrants to the profession and experienced professionals. New entrants will benefit from more understanding of the various specialisations within information security as they make career choices, while women already working in IT will be encouraged to consider security as an option. The WiS group consists of female and male practitioners in the field, who now have the opportunity to act as mentors or mentees to further the cause of the group and the industry.

Emili Evripidou, coordinator of the WiS group and information security consultant at Ernst & Young, said: “Our members bring invaluable information security experience from across industries. This mentoring scheme will support women with all levels of experience by helping them to evaluate their options, explore areas of interest and identify new career paths to meet their professional and personal goals.”

The official launch of the mentoring scheme is scheduled for July 2, at an invitation-only WiS group event hosted by Ernst & Young at the company’s offices in central London. The event is open to (ISC)2 members and non-members. Those interested can request an invitation at:

Speeches will be from industry figures such as Liz Bingham, managing people partner, Ernst & Young, and Vicki Gavin, head of Business Continuity and Information Security for The Economist Group.

Richard Nealon, CISSP, member of the (ISC)2 Board of Directors, said: “The current skewed gender bias against women must change. The information security profession has a lot to offer women in terms of job satisfaction, healthy salaries and career progression. Likewise, women in the workplace bring a different set of skills and strengths that the industry across the board can benefit from. As a profession, we must correct this imbalance.”


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