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It's a global sausage fest - ISACA addresses lack of women in IT

Less than 25% of IT jobs in developed countries will be held by women by the end of 2016, according to the ISACA.

However, the global technology and cyber security association - ISACA- wants to change that.

With its new programme, Connecting Women Leaders in Technology, ISACA will offer a robust platform to attract more women into technology professions in both smaller businesses and the enterprise.

Female tech executives from around the world are behind the programme that’s chaired by Jo Stewart-Rattray, director of information security and IT assurance for BRM Holdich.

“The empowerment of women within the global technology workforce is critical to sustaining, growing and advancing our profession,” says Stewart-Rattray. 

“Connecting Women Leaders in Technology will engage female professionals in the key areas of education, awareness and advocacy.”

The organisations is seeking women in technology to get more involved with the association as speakers, writers and volunteers.

Programme coordinators encourage those interested in the opportunities or in showcasing their personal success stories to visit the website.  

Next year, ISACA will feature several educational opportunities, including a Women in Technology webinar series.

There will also be a separate half-day programme that will take place at ISACA’s North America CACS conference in Las Vegas, in addition to several other special programming options at other ISACA conferences.

The organisation will look to foster relationships with other groups offering programmes and resources for women.

Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, says the underpresentation of women in tech impacts the entire profession.

“ISACA’s programme will engage both men and women to help address this disparity and find solutions.”