#BreakTheBias on International Women’s Day

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Rajnish Ghaly
Security Blogger
08th March 2022

At Bulletproof, we’re proud advocates of International Women’s Day. As an organisation that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusivity in the workplace, we want to help #BreakTheBias and status quo within the traditionally male-dominated infosec industry. By highlighting the achievements of women at Bulletproof, we hope to continue to attract people of all skills and experience, no matter their gender. Our aim is to create a stable and thriving workplace that encourages future generations to step into the cyber security industry.

Gender disparity remains

A shortage in female representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) remains a concern for us at Bulletproof. Women employed in STEM roles are disproportionately low compared to men, making up only 24% of the STEM workforce. Although it is an improvement from the 11% reported in 2017, there is still room for significant enhancement to address the gender disparity in this industry.

A lack of female representation in STEM will affect how women perceive industries like ours, making them more cautious of entering the sector. Inequities in pay, for example, has prompted women to pursue and successfully earn more cyber security qualifications than men (28% vs. 20%). So, women are by no means lacking skills in this field. However, to #BreakTheBias, employers can do more to build a workplace where women are celebrated and can thrive. If jobs in infosec and STEM are associated with innovating for the future, then as progressive employers, we can play our part by embracing the passion and value women bring to the industry. Women can help push businesses like ours forward and #BreakTheBias.

How Bulletproof is building a workplace where women thrive

Employees are the heartbeat of our organisation. We’ve created an environment where we collaborate, support each other, and place trust and integrity at the forefront of our values. Here are some actions we’ve been taking to deliver a sustainable workplace where women can thrive:

  • The flexibility and autonomy we provide for our employees helps to maintain a healthy and productive work-life balance. For example, looking after the family, doing the school-runs, booking/attending appointments.
  • We are using non-gender specific language on our recruitment advertisements, making sure we highlight both male and female representation in our industry and inclusivity for all to seek a career in cyber security.
  • We deliver competitive salaries, progressive training and development, and provide internal opportunities for career advancement regardless of gender.
  • We instil a culture of belonging and community by building an equitable workplace for women to choose a career in cyber security.

Celebrating women at Bulletproof

Women have been a major part of our growth at Bulletproof. So, we want to celebrate their achievements and encourage more female representation in the cyber security industry by building an environment where women can thrive and achieve their career goals.

Here’s what some of our female team members had to say about their experiences of working in technology and at Bulletproof.

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