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Partner with EclecticIQ to bring valuable and innovative security solutions and services to end users. Open to all partner types, including technology developers, service providers, resellers, and community.

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We partner with the world's premier technology and solution providers to support all phases of your cybersecurity needs. Explore all our partners' solutions and offerings to build and extend your cyber defense ecosystem.

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We are committed to increasing the knowledge and capabilities of the cybersecurity community through our research & analysis efforts and open source projects.

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An ecosystem supporting our customers' intelligence-led proactive cybersecurity needs with collaborative partner programs delivering world-class joint solutions. 

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Partner with EclecticIQ to bring valuable and innovative security solutions and services to end users. Open to all partner types, including technology developers, service providers, resellers, and community.

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We partner with the world's premier technology and solution providers to support all phases of your cybersecurity needs. Explore all our partners' solutions and offerings to build and extend your cyber defense ecosystem.

EclecticIQ Resources

We are committed to increasing the knowledge and capabilities of the cybersecurity community through our research & analysis efforts and open source projects.

Browse Resources

Learn more about our technology, solutions and services, and stay updated on the cyber threat landscape with our research reports, webinars and other information.

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We are proud to be an active member in the open source community and to help develop and advance progress of security technology. Learn more about contributions or go directly to our GitHub page.

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Learn how EclecticIQ can help you address your specific challenges – by team and by need – and improve your overall security posture.

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Our Ecosystem

An ecosystem supporting our customers' intelligence-led proactive cybersecurity needs with collaborative partner programs delivering world-class joint solutions. 

Partner Program

Partner with EclecticIQ to bring valuable and innovative security solutions and services to end users. Open to all partner types, including technology developers, service providers, resellers, and community.

Our Partnerships

We partner with the world's premier technology and solution providers to support all phases of your cybersecurity needs. Explore all our partners' solutions and offerings to build and extend your cyber defense ecosystem.

EclecticIQ Resources

We are committed to increasing the knowledge and capabilities of the cybersecurity community through our research & analysis efforts and open source projects.

Browse Resources

Learn more about our technology, solutions and services, and stay updated on the cyber threat landscape with our research reports, webinars and other information.

Open Source Projects

We are proud to be an active member in the open source community and to help develop and advance progress of security technology. Learn more about contributions or go directly to our GitHub page.

Let's Talk: Women In Cyber

EclecticIQ's Megan Gooch addresses the gender imbalance of the cybersecurity industry and what it takes to hack gender barriers.

EclecticIQ Threat Research Team March 8, 2022


Several studies (from (ISC)2, Cybersecurity Ventures, etc.) have revealed that women make up only 20 to 25 percent of cybersecurity professionals. In the face of continuing worker shortages, it’s important to understand why women have such low representation in the industry. The following interview with Megan Gooch, Threat Research Manager at EclecticIQ, explores the barriers and opportunities that women encounter.

1. Why are there so few women in cybersecurity?

Good question. I've heard there are a lot of reasons why women are underrepresented in cybersecurity, and I'm not an expert on them. I can only speak for myself and describe what my impressions were before I joined the industry. Before I entered this field, I thought cybersecurity sounded intimidating. It sounded like a field that requires a technical background, which I've never had (my college majors were economics and Spanish). I didn't have a solid understanding of all the different career paths in "cybersecurity." Now that I work in the field, I'm learning that there are career paths that allow people with all sorts of strengths and educational backgrounds to succeed.

2. What do you see as the biggest hurdle to overcome in order for more women to pursue this career path?

Based on my experience, it's the mental block about science, math, and other technical topics that prevent women from thinking, “Not only could I be good at this field, but I'd probably really like it.” Some of us form those mental blocks early, and never get out of them. I remember in third grade, we had to make an electrical circuit in science class. I just didn't get it. It didn't make sense to me, and I was too shy to ask questions about it. Looking back, I see that after that day I started thinking science was my worst subject, and that attitude stayed with me.

3. How would you describe the opportunities for a woman in cybersecurity today?

I'd say there are opportunities aplenty, and they span a huge range of interests and skill levels. Like so many other careers, cybersecurity is all about problem-solving. I think this is a field where anybody can achieve great things, find professional and personal satisfaction in their work, and contribute meaningfully for future generations.

4. As more women enter the cybersecurity field, what could this change accomplish?

First, we wouldn't have the thousands of vacant cyber jobs that we have right now! That alone will make our industry stronger and better prepared to counter threats. Also, I think that with more people entering this field, our society’s awareness level about cyber threats and how to protect against them will naturally grow. We will better understand cybersecurity, how to use it, its limitations, and why it’s so important. Women will be essential to this effort, especially when it comes to educating kids who are growing up in a hyper-connected world.

5. What is your advice to women who aspire to enter the industry?

I love to run, and runners say that the toughest step in a run is the first one out the door. Getting into a new industry is the same! I'd say get moving toward your dream now - don't wait until you feel you're perfectly qualified for a cybersecurity job. Start out on any path you can, with the goal of learning as much about cybersecurity as you can. Know that your career may be decades-long; you'll move around; and your first job is just that: a start. Also, once you're in that first job, say yes to as many opportunities as you can—things like working on special projects, working with senior experts, and partnering with different parts of your own company or different organizations. You'd be surprised by the experience you get in those first few years!

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