Women in Tech: Closing the Gap



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ANCHOR LEAD: Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they're still underrepresented in certain fields. With innovation set to outpace the marketplace, and rapid growth projected in technology industries like IT, how do we close the gap? Brian Osuch has the details. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. According to a recent report from the United States Department of Commerce, women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. Art Gilliland with HP, says they're working to close that gap. CUT: (Gilliland) One of the ways that we're addressing the gap is by granting $250,000 dollars for scholarship for women in information security space to try to bring more women into tech, but also trying to bring them specifically into the information security space. SCRIPT: The IT Security Jobs Study forecasts a 40 percent vacancy in this market. And Gilliland says the key to IT security jobs starts in school. CUT: (Gilliland) We're working with universities worldwide to be able to develop more effective security centric curriculum. We're also donating our software to be used in those educational processes so that when students come in they're not only taking more effective lessons through the curriculum, but they're using tools that they will actually use when they show up. SCRIPT: For more information visit acsac.org/acsa. That's Newsbreak from HP.
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