Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage
The section on workforce development, in particular, has drawn experts’ attention and plaudits for bringing urgency and awareness to the very real issue of today’s cybersecurity skills gap.
Amjed Saffarini, CEO of CyberVista, a cybersecurity and workforce development company, cited some unsettling statistics when I asked him about the cyber-workforce shortage: By 2019, there will be approximately 6 million cybersecurity jobs open but only 4.5 million people qualified to fill them.
“Too often, we hear only about the technology problems and solutions in cybersecurity without enough appreciation of the ‘people problem‘ at the core of many damaging cyberattacks,” Saffarini said. “It’s more important than ever that America takes serious steps to train the next-generation cyber workforce.”
Seth Northrop, a security and technology lawyer at Robins Kaplan LLP, agreed, saying that while the federal initiatives proposed by the White House are already being done in the private sector, the high-profile CNAP plan may drive more technology professionals into the information security field.
“Watch as sys admins migrate from struggling tech startups into InfoSec specializations, where jobs (including new government jobs) will exist,” he told me on Twitter.