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Where’s the Security Love?

February 12, 2016

I was intrigued to open Bloomberg’s graphic from census data, visualizing the occupational pairings of people’s marriage choices, and quickly being presented with a set of links for the “Information Security Analysts” category. Said category showed up somewhat towards the “More male occupations” side of the spectrum, though rather less so than other IT roles like “Computer Programmers” and “Computer Systems Analysts”.  That’s nice to see; maybe it results from security coming of age as a core discipline in a more recent and less gender-biased era. The data suggests that many security analysts marry teachers and nurses, but also shows a fascinating link for female-female marriages to “Automotive Body Repairers”. This may be a classic case of overmining small samples from Big Data to derive dubious conclusions. If it reflects a deeper message, though, I’d love to know what it is.

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