Cyber-security: Push for girls to look at careers in the industry

The cyber-security sector in Wales will lose out unless more girls are inspired to join it, an expert has warned.

It comes as IT company CGI officially opens its new centre in Bridgend, with plans to employ 100 analysts.

There are already 3,500 cyber-security jobs in Wales, with aims for it to be a hub for the UK.

Clare Johnson, of the University of South Wales, said girls approached problems in different ways to boys and both were important for the industry.

There are also new attempts to encourage more girls to think of it as a career.

CGI already employs 1,200 workers at three different sites in Bridgend and has a cyber-security centre in Reading, employing more than 200.

Richard Holmes, CGI’s vice-president of cyber-security services at CGI in the UK said the centre would serve both private and public sector customers.

“Our new cyber-security centre will help our clients be resilient against the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, data breaches and the insider threat.

“CGI has had a long history as a major employer in south Wales and our latest investment is testament to the highly skilled workforce in the region and our commitment to continue to bring high-skilled jobs.”

‘Different mindset’

Wales employs 40,000 people in the tech sector.

Within that cyber-security is a growing area, employing 3,500 in Wales – but around the world, only 11% of the cyber-security workforce is female.

Only 30% of those taking ICT at GCSE in Wales are girls.

This lack of diversity has been recognised by those in the industry.

Now there is a push to inspire girls in Wales to think of cyber-security as a career.

Source: BBC News

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