Examining the gender gap in information assurance: A study of psychological factors

Hsiao Ying Huang, Masooda Bashir

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The increasing cyber attacks result in an emergent need for Information Assurance professionals in the government and private sector. Young adults’ psychological factors related to the career field of Information Assurance (IA) remain largely understudied despite Information Assurance Workforce (IAW) becoming a crucial issue. Gender disparity, in particular, is a concern for Information Assurance. The first of its kind, this study investigates the gender gap in the field of IA by examining psychological factors affecting young adults, including attitudes, interests, self-efficacy, and goals. Our findings on gender difference in IA from psychological perspectives provide insight for understanding gender disparity in the IA field and initiate studies to explore this issue further. The practical purpose of this study is to contribute information related to gender differences, understood with regard to psychological aspects, for IA recruitment strategies to inspire young adults, especially the underrepresented population of women, to join the IAW.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHCI International 2015 – Posters Extended Abstracts - International Conference, HCI International 2015, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319213798
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event17th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, HCI 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 7 2015

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Other17th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, HCI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Career choice
  • Cyber security education
  • Gender disparity
  • Information assurance workforce
  • Vocational psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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