Currently, up to 22 percent of the workforce in the industrial technology sector in Indonesia are women.
Interestingly, this rate is higher than that in Europe, which reached only 19 percent.
According to Edwin Lim, Country Director of Fortinet Indonesia, this proves that Indonesian tech companies are doing better than their peers in many developed countries.
“But complacency is not the answer. Gender prejudice, discriminatory working conditions and mindsets are some of the most common challenges faced by women who want to build their careers in tech field across Indonesia,” Edwin said on Monday (7/11/2022)
. Cybersecurity knowledge is absolutely improving.
“With like-minded industry partners, we’re working to make cybersecurity an inclusive sector so women can advance in cybersecurity because the more you shut out talent, the more vulnerable your cybersecurity landscape is,” Edwin warns.
Therefore, he suggests that women must take the plunge and believe that their competence is no inferior to that of their male counterparts.
According to him, there are many educational avenues that can help women start or develop a career in the cybersecurity industry.
“Along with the lack of history Dear Cybersecurity, we are currently in a phase where businesses and women are willing to take advantage and grow from it,” he said.
Fortinet itself has run several inclusion programs to increase visibility of the opportunities available to women to make breakthroughs at what is a very exciting time for cybersecurity, according to Edwin.
“We regularly host webinars and events that promote women’s achievements in cybersecurity.
We also support industry groups and communities that promote diversity and provide career guidance for women,” she said.
Fortinet is also launching its own Network Security Expert training program in 2020.
This free course underscores the company’s commitment to building a diverse, fair and inclusive cybersecurity workforce.
In addition to training, the program offers women practical advice on the next steps they need to take to launch a career in IT or cybersecurity.
“The response we’ve received has been phenomenal, with more than 950,000 people in Indonesia and around the world signing up for this course,” she said.
“I’m encouraged by the effort to get more women into the sector, but this effort needs to continue, and do it consistently, because change takes time and anything that isn’t sustainable is what tokenism will look like,” Edwin said.
What is encouraging, according to Edwin, is that many industry leaders and business owners, including in Indonesia, are currently making diversity and inclusion a focus, ie not gender biased.
“We’re seeing more female leaders in technology, including cybersecurity, but we need to recognize the need to nurture more (female) talent through an inclusive work environment,” she said.