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IDG Contributor Network: A change in wording could attract more women to infosec

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Nov 17, 2015.

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    Information security is an endeavor that is frequently described in terms of war: Red team. Blue team. White hat. Black hat. Battle plan. Kill chain. Command and Control. Trojan horse. Payload. Demilitarized zone. Reconnaissance. Infiltration. Adversary. But what would the gender balance of this industry be like if we used more terms from other disciplines?

    At the recent National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference, I found myself in several discussions about the possibility that battlefield verbiage caused girls to avoid pursuing InfoSec careers. Answering the question above is not a simple task, but we may take some clues from history, as well as other industries, to view the possibilities.

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