The European Commission and Women4Cyber, an initiative of the European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO) have launched a new platform that aims to assert itself as an intermediary between women working in the world of cybersecurity and groups of experts, businesses and policy makers.
Women4Cyber presents itself as a database open to all specialists and researchers in computer security, aiming to respond to the shortage of professionals in the area in Europe.
According to data from the European Commission, the cybersecurity field may face a shortage of 1.8 million qualified professionals globally by 2022. The scarcity is exacerbated by the lack of female representation, since women account for only 11% of the sector labor market. Thus, one of the foundation stones of the platform is the identification and construction of a community, helping to create more balance and close the gender gap.
Cybersecurity is everyone's business. Women bring experience, perspectives and values to the development of digital solutions, said Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of the European Commission and responsible for EU digital policy, stressing the importance of enriching the discussion around computer security and making cyberspace one. safer place.
Only women can register in the database, however the website is open to the public. To enhance networking, it is possible to contact members registered on the website using forms. Experts and researchers interested in participating in the project can register via the Women4Cyber page.