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Women in Cybersecurity Student Organization Seeks to Change Statistics

September 25, 2017


Currently, 89 percent of cybersecurity jobs are held by men. The members of the Ferris Women in Cybersecurity registered student organization (RSO) are unwilling to let it stay that way.

Their purpose, according to their Facebook page is to: “Raise awareness for female participation in cybersecurity. Promote female leadership and support in cybersecurity. Promote diversity and collaboration among males and females.”

Since the cybersecurity industry is expected to continue growing, more jobs will be available to college graduates. The group prepares students to fill those roles by offering insight into social and cultural issues in the field, as well as the technical aspects.

“People should join our RSO because we want to help them learn and understand the multiple avenues and opportunities for women that cybersecurity and other technologies have to offer,” reads the Women in Cybersecurity OrgSync profile.

Any person, male or female is allowed to join the group. A major in Information Security and Intelligence or Computer Science is prefered, but not required. Students are asked to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0.

During the Fall 2017 semester, Women in Cybersecurity meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in BUS 130. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Jason Otting at or visit the Facebook page for the Women in Cybersecurity group.


Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, Information Security and Intelligence