The current consensus from the public and private sectors is that a worldwide skills gap exists that stymies the creation of a competent cybersecurity workforce. This skills gap has implications for both national security and the US economy.
Concerning the overall cybersecurity talent shortage, the crisis originates mostly from a lack of experienced mid-level cybersecurity professionals. Simply churning out more cybersecurity graduates will not solve this problem. Research also shows that diversity within teams also produces diversity in thought. Because many cybersecurity problems we face are unprecedented and unique, we need critical thinkers from all backgrounds to solve these problems.
The federal government can help with legislation that encourages the development of more cybersecurity workforce candidates through apprenticeship and cyber scholarship for service programs that provide people the experience needed by the private sector while also promoting diversity.
Georgia Trend: Creating Cyber Warriors (April 30, 2020)
Infographic: Paving the Road for More Women in Cyber Security Jobs (August 10, 2020)
CISO Conversations: In each interview, CISOs on the NTSC Board of Directors offer their thoughts about cybersecurity workforce development.
CISOs on the Hill: Highlights from the NTSC’s Third Annual Legislative Day: CISOs talk to Congress about cybersecurity workforce development.