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Energizing A Workforce Ecosystem

January 2021, Number 10.04

“As the world becomes ever more connected through technology, the need for a workforce that can protect those technologies becomes increasingly important. However, studies show that the supply of cyber security talent is not meeting demand. The cyber security workforce shortfall is well documented. The “(ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2019” estimates that the global workforce needs to grow by 145% to meet the demand of businesses today. In the United States alone, CyberSeek.org estimates there are currently over 500,000 unfilled cyber security jobs.

Further, the time it takes to hire and train employees causes lengthy setbacks for organizations. ISACA’s “State of Cybersecurity 2020” report indicates that for nearly 30% of survey respondents, filling a cyber security position with a qualified candidate takes more than six months. Another 30% report that filling positions takes three months. Additionally, 70% of respondents generally do not believe their applicants are well qualified for the job. A collaborative approach to producing a workforce skilled in cyber security can help minimize these critical issues...”

Excerpt from Danielle Santos, “Energizing A Workforce Ecosystem,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 10, No. 4, 2021: 10-15.

Danielle Santos is the program manager for the U.S. National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she leads the administrative, organizational and communication functions of the NICE program office and its international outreach strategy. She has served as program manager for cyber security formal education programs, including at the National Centers of Academic Excellence and the CyberCorps and Scholarship for Service at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.