ISACA’s 2017

Women in Technology Survey

Breaking Down Gender Barriers to Build the Future Tech Workforce

In 2017, women in tech are still facing significant barriers in the workplace—from a shortage of women role models, to gender-based pay gap, to persistent gender bias that nearly 90% of them say they have experienced. Through its Connecting Women Leaders in Technology program, ISACA conducted a global survey of women in tech to uncover why women remain underrepresented in the field. The results, presented on this page, show that much work remains to be done before we can build the stronger tech workforce of the future—a workforce in which women are equally represented, fairly compensated, and confident that their employers are committed to their success.


"Women should be encouraged to be confident and persistent in pursuit of their technology careers, and a mentor in the field—whether male or female—can be the most effective person to make that case."

– Jo Stewart-Rattray, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, FACS CP,
board director of ISACA and director of information security and IT assurance at BRM

"The first step to encouraging more women to pursue a career in technology is educating current technology leaders that gender diversity in the workforce is valuable and important. One of the things that I have noticed through my interactions with leaders in the male-dominated technology field is that these leaders believe their teams perform as
successfully with or without females as a part of them. That is incorrect thinking."

– Krysten M. McCabe, CISA,
past board director of ISACA and director in the assurance and advisory management program at The Home Depot

"As part of ensuring a greater percentage of women in leadership roles, organizations should deliberately train or groom women, and assign them responsibility over technically challenging assignments. Organizations should also embrace a culture that does not make women feel like they have to work harder than a man to get the job."

– Ookeditse Kamau, CISA, MBA, CIA, CRMA,
IT Internal Auditor

Global Survey Results

Key Findings

View the ISACA news release highlighting key findings from the women in tech survey.

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News Releases

Addressing Technology Gender Gap is All of Our Responsibility

by Jo Stewart-Rattray

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Blog Post

Faces of ISACA: Babiak Motivated to Help Women Take Final Career Steps

by ISACA Now

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