Women are more likely than men to fall victim to online identity theft and “sextortion” schemes, whereby online predators extort sexual favors from their targets by threatening to publish sensitive material about them. Yet when it comes to combating cybercrime, women are vastly underrepresented. In the journal Nature, Winifred Poster explains why – and what the sector can do to attract more female professionals. This article, which includes a history of women’s contributions to the field, will be an interesting read for recruiters, cybersecurity professionals and women who are thinking about becoming one.
About the Author
Winifred R. Poster is a lecturer in international affairs at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.