Editor’s brief: The walls of technology had long been broken through by women, and today, we have women in the top echelons of business leadership, in engineering, in science, and definitely in cybersecurity. The cybersecurity stalwart Check Point Software, talks about the leadership helmed by women. Read more below.
SINGAPORE – To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, reveals how it has made great strides in recognising the importance of women in cybersecurity. Check Point works and carries out actions every day to increase female representation within its company and to support the proliferation of women in the cybersecurity industry.
In 2013, women held only 11% of jobs in the world of cybersecurity but by 2020, they represented 24% of the cybersecurity workforce according to the ISC2 Women in Cybersecurity report. Despite more women taking up positions, from R&D (research & development) to engineering, there is still a long way to go to close the gender gap.
Check Point Software is committed to creating a workplace that is representative of the population at large, so the company regularly attends conferences and events aimed at increasing gender diversity in the workplace. The organization has set up a number of mentoring initiatives, such as the Woman Mentoring Program, an initiative to help cultivate future female leaders, and the FIERCE Mentorship program in the United States.
The EMEA region hosts a new round of the Women’s Mentoring Program every six months. The program works by pairing a more seasoned female manager or team lead from one department with a younger, less seasoned female mentee from another department. To help female coworkers who want to advance their cybersecurity skills, this partnership provides a learning and development environment with a two-way exchange of guidance and counseling.
In the United States, a program called FIERCE Mentorship is helping young women gain the confidence they need to enter the field of cybersecurity. To encourage more women to enter the field of cybersecurity, this outreach forum collaborates with other groups in the area to host creative events.
“At Check Point Software, we have always been very committed not only to equality, but breaking the bias in the workplace when hiring, training and evaluating our employees. To this end, we run special programs dedicated to developing the careers of all our female employees, for example in the area of training and appraisal. We have implemented a high-performance mentoring program to develop the careers of women in our teams and another one focused on leadership development for future managers, a four-month project to prepare the next leaders of our company,” said Maya Horowitz, Vice President, Research at Check Point Software.
“Women of excellence have been a crucial part of Check Point’s success since its establishment and I’m pleased that we continue with this important tradition. The best cyber security is based on the best women and men providing it, and our diversity is a blessing.” said Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check Point Software.
Check Point strives every day to increase female representation and continues to promote campaigns and partnerships with relevant organisations to increase the number of women in technology-related positions and train them to increase their skills in cybersecurity. More than half of Check Point´s top executive management today are held by women, such as the Chief Product Officer (CPO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
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