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Female IT security student numbers 'increasing'

Registration for the SANS London 2010 event shows an 11 per cent increase of women students for Security 560, ‘Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking’ providing further evidence that more women are breaking into the sector, and may now account for 17 per cent of IT security practitioners.

“We have seen an increase in the number of female students taking these courses, a trend which is helping our industry,” says information security expert at and SEC560 instructor Pieter Danhieux, commenting on the findings. “Having a diverse range of competencies within a security team is extremely useful. People of different cultures, races, gender, and language skills bring innovative approaches to find and exploit weaknesses in an organisation.”

According to Danhieux there is now “little difference in the pass or fail rate between male and female students” in this ICT discipline.

SANS London 2010 takes places between November 27 and December 6 2010 at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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