From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, women have been the subject of gender bias, sexual harassment, and little progress when it comes to equitable wages. Simply put, gender inequality is pervasive in American society.

Many people have written about the causes of the gender gap in the tech industry with theories ranging from industry discrimination to socialization differences.

Regardless, it’s a growing divide and a problem in desperate need of repair. As society evolves and develops, the demand for technology only continues to grow, and so does the need for industry professionals.

While  the jobs may be there, tech remains a difficult field for young women to enter. Women are faced with a wide range of obstacles in tech that not only creates an industry skills gap but preserves the status quo of gender discrimination rather than the reversal of it.

Hostile work cultures, stereotypes, and discrimination are just some of the factors that limit the numbers of female cybersecurity professionals.

In addition to occupying an incredibly small space in a massive global industry, the women who work in cyber security, hold fewer positions
of authority and typically earn a lower annual salary than their male counterparts.

It’s an understatement to say we have a lot of work to do in fixing the pay gap and lack of gender diversity.

Computer hacking is becoming more widespread and damaging with many citizens and  consumers paying the price.

Our news feeds are clogged with headlines highlighting attacks on
government agencies, political campaign offices, financial institutions and major corporations. 

The future of cybersecurity largely depends on its ability to attract, retain and promote women,who represent a highly skilled and under-tapped resource.

So what does it take to be a female leader in an industry ruled by men? To find out for ourselves, we analyzed the Fortune 500 list to see what companies have a female leader in their top cyber-security position.

From chief information security officer (CISO), chief information
officer (CIO) or VP of information security, only 13 percent of companies have women working in a leading cybersecurity position.

So how did these women make it and what contributes to their success?

In an effort to shake up the status quo and encourage more women to pursue leading roles in tech, we take a look at these 65 female leaders in cybersecurity from educational background to work experience to
see what makes them successful in their roles.

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Keilah Kaiser is a Content Marketing Specialist based in San Diego. With a background in higher education marketing and writing, she specializes in developing and promoting content that drives growth for her clients.