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ISC2 CEO Clar Rosso Discusses Trends and Challenges for Women in Cybersecurity


Clar Rosso, CEO, ISC2

For years, the percentage of women in the cybersecurity field has been stagnant at 20% to 25%, but a recent study shows a promising trend: More women are taking cybersecurity leadership roles, and they are staying in those roles, said Clar Rosso, CEO of ISC2.

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Rosso emphasized the importance of continuous education and certification as tools for professional advancement. “Certifications, in particular, are demonstration of competence and are widely respected,” she said. This approach not only equips women with the necessary skills but also boosts their professional profiles in a competitive market.


“Certifications are globally recognized, and employers tend to look for them,” Rosso said. “We have data that suggests over 80% of employers would rather see somebody with a certification than with a university degree.”


In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Rosso also discussed:

  • Findings from the Women in Cybersecurity survey by ISC2;
  • Challenges women in cybersecurity face, such as low security awareness among end users, inadequate funding and lack of management support;
  • Factors contributing to women’s growing presence in executive roles.


Rosso is responsible for the strategic direction and management of ISC2. She has more than two decades of experience helping global professional associations and certifying bodies grow and strengthen member value.



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