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Women in Cybersecurity

The Current Trend

Despite intense growth in the field of cybersecurity, women continue to form merely a small minority of the cybersecurity workforce.  The industry currently boasts approximately one million available jobs, and the number is expected to increase to 1.5 million available jobs by 2019.  However, women only hold about one in every 10 positions[1] in the cybersecurity industry, constituting a meager 8-13 percent[2] of cybersecurity professionals overall.  Figure 1 below illustrates a comparison of the amount of women in computer science-related studies versus alternative fields:

 

A number of possible reasons have been suggested for the lack of women in the cybersecurity workforce.  For example, the information-security organization CREST discusses a deficiency in computer-science courses among secondary schools.[3]  Without proper exposure to the field, many women remain unaware of their opportunities.  Similarly, the workforce itself has witnessed a lack of mentorship that encourages women to pursue advancement in cybersecurity.[4]  Instead of encouragement, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) argues that the marketing industry tends to use aggressive, more masculine terminology in relation to cybersecurity, selecting phrases such as “combat cyberthreats” or “fortify digital defenses”.[5]  The entertainment industry also tends to portray men more often than women in mathematical, scientific, or technical television and film roles.3  As a result, women may pursue fields that offer a more welcoming environment.

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COAR members attend Grace Hopper

The COAR team's Jennifer Fowler and Amanda Joyce will be presenting on their poster at Grace Hopper on October 4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM.[1]

The poster entitled, "Argonne National Laboratory's Cyber Defense Competition - Defending Tomorrow's Infrastructure Today" looks to highlight the gender gap in cyber security and computer science and how Argonne's Cyber Defense Competition is hoping to help females become more aware of the many different paths of cyber security through a hands-on defense approach.

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MORE MTD Named 2017 R&D 100 Finalist

In an R&D Magazine press release on August 9th, the R&D 100 Awards Committee announced its 2017 finalists, with COAR's patented technology, Multiple OS Rotational Environment Moving Target Defense (MORE MTD), among them.

2017 R&D 100 is the 55th annual awards program that recognizes prestigious innovations of science or technology.  It awards 100 ideas, each of which falls into one of five categories: Analytical/Test; IT/Electrical; Mechanical Devices/Materials; Process/Prototyping; and Software/Services, and provides four Special Recognition Awards as well: Market Disruptor Services; Market Disruptor Products; Corporate Social Responsibility; and Green Tech.

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Nessus Compliance Generator

Today we're releasing a tool called Nessus Compliance Generator as open source under the BSD License.  The full code can be found on the Argonne National Laboratory github.

Nessus has many options to check for audit and compliance issues on databases and systems. However, building the config files to do these types of checks can be tedious and time consuming. To bridge this gap, we've built a GUI tool to help you stitch the different pieces together and make building compliance tasks more a data entry task than a task for a sysadmin or a programmer.

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