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Women in Singapore Cybersecurity Industry

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Singapore aspires to be the region’s digital hub and has implemented a number of projects, initiatives, and strategies to achieve this objective. One important source of worry is ensuring that the sector has enough local talent. In the aftermath of the epidemic, both the public and commercial sectors have realized that talent is in short supply. Equally crucial for growth in the Digital Economy is ensuring that our enterprises have access to a solid pipeline of talented digital personnel. Many of our attempts to establish a dynamic business climate are based on this.”

Technology specialists continue to be in great demand,” according to the IMDA Annual Report FY2020-2021. Despite the economic slump, digital and technology continue to be a source of decent jobs, with employment increasing by about 4% in FY2020 compared to FY2019. Cyber resilience is a subset of information and communications technology that is becoming increasingly important in the new normal. Singapore’s Smart Nation goals, as well as the country’s very existence, are significantly reliant on cybersecurity. The systems of commercial enterprises aren’t the only ones that might be damaged. Cyber assaults may affect a country’s whole critical infrastructure. You can imagine the level of risk you put your people in during a military conflict if your essential infrastructure isn’t properly protected. According to Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information, the supply of critical services might be jeopardized.

 

The cybersecurity business requires significantly more resources than are currently available. Furthermore, governments are attempting to close the gender gap and better include women in the workforce. In answer to a Parliamentary Question on Statistics of Women Leaders in Technology and Innovation Sectors in Singapore, the Minister for Communications and Information stated that Singapore had one of the highest percentages of women in the tech workforce in the world. She cited a study from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) from 2020, which stated that women make up 41% of the country’s IT employment, compared to a global average of 28%. She went on to emphasize that the administration is dedicated to expanding women’s access to technology.

The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) is the national authority in charge of this subject. Cyber resilience is at the forefront of the country’s efforts to improve its use of technology. Its main goal is to make Singapore’s cyberspace safe and secure, as well as to support the country’s national security, power a digital economy, and safeguard its digital way of life. A unit inside this organization aims to engage women in the sector more extensively. The SG Cyber Women program was developed in collaboration with the commercial sector. The goal is to encourage and enable women to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

The agency will enhance industry outreach activities aimed at upskilling and training women in order to fully prepare them for the post. This will be accomplished by:

  1. Educating and involving women in the community are two ways to engage women.
  2. Learning and training to improve their professional skillsets
  3. Support and motivation are helping them advance their cybersecurity careers.
  4. Increasing the number of women working in cyber-security can assist to close the skill gap in the area while also ensuring that women are included in the country’s economic development.

 

SG Women in Tech (SGWiT), in collaboration with SGTech, has established a new initiative called The SGWiT Corporate Vow, in which companies promise to create a supportive environment in order to attract, retain, and develop more women in tech.

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