Blog dedicado al estudio de la Seguridad de la Información - Privacidad - Seguridad Informatica - Auditoria informática.
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martes, 1 de noviembre de 2011
* Women earn 18 percent of computer science degrees * Image of geek unappealing to girls
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There were no lines for the ladies room.
That was unusual for an event attended by thousands but typical in the
cybersecurity field where a futuristic image clashes with an
old-fashioned gender gap.
At cybersecurity and hacker gatherings, women are clearly in the
minority among the sea of men lining escalators, filling gigantic hotel
ballrooms and networking in hallways. (Some men grumbled about the lack
of women at event parties).
While the U.S. government and private sector urgently try to beef
up cybersecurity efforts, the information technology field that
supplies talent remains largely a male domain.
Experts say the lack of women is not so much a matter of
discrimination as the fact that young women do not think of cyber as a
career option. They attribute that partly to an unappealing "geek" image
from movies and girls' lack of early computer skills that boys develop
by playing video games.
The portrayal in movies and television of a nerd loner, wearing
thick glasses, soldering circuits together, and living in a dungeon-like
room surrounded by computers and eating boxed pizza can be a deterrent.