Congratulations go out to the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. This group represents the most prominent leaders who drive change, innovate and inspire others to succeed while contributing to the business direction of an organization.
(ISC)² Research Finds Women Comprise 24% of Global Cybersecurity Workforce:
Hmmmm. This is both encouraging, disturbing, and inconsistent with observations.
It's too bad that it's still only 24%.
It's good that it's growing.
One nugget in the (ISC)2 report indicates that "higher percentages of women than men are attaining senior leadership and decision-making positions" such as CTO, IT director, etc. This would seem to indicate a disproportionate rise of those identifying as women vs those who identify as men when compared to the overall population (assuming there is a 3:1 ratio of men to women).
There is a bit of a paradox to trying to read into such demographics. If the assumption is that there is a link between gender and the value someone brings to a profession, then doesn't it stand to reason that there is a link between gender and the appeal of a profession (to that gender) as well? An interesting case study is that post-2008 economic downturn, those companies with women on their boards tended to fare better than those that had all-male boards (McKinsey & Co did a study on this). The conclusion bandied about is that there is some link between gender and perception/embrace of risk. But the fallacy - perhaps - is assuming this to be a case of biology (or at least sexual identity) and not personality or experience.