Government, Industry Take Important Action to Attract Cybersecurity Workers

As U.S. cybersecurity risks become more intense, it’s essential that an adequate workforce exists to safeguard the American people and their physical and online assets.

Yet there is currently a shortage of about 4 million cybersecurity workers worldwide, an increase of more than 1 million from 2018, according to (ISC)², a nonprofit providing cybersecurity certifications. To properly defend American organizations from cyberattacks, the workforce needs to grow 145 percent—by about 500,000 professionals—to fill the gap, according to the nonprofit’s findings.

Fortunately, Congress is taking an important step to expand the cybersecurity workforce and provide the necessary training and education. Legislation was introduced by four U.S. senators this month that provide resources to recruit and educate the next generation of cybersecurity workers. Specifically, The Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education (HACKED) Act—or the “HACKED Act of 2019” aims to “bolster existing science education” and cyber programs within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Transportation. Similar legislation already has been introduced in the U.S. House.

In addition to the legislation, major companies like Google, Facebook, IBM, Verizon, and Apple are taking action to close the cybersecurity jobs gap. They have joined a coalition called the Aspen Cybersecurity Group to encourage employers to place more emphasis on “real-world” skills vs. academic degrees so that more workers are considered qualified to fill crucial positions in the security industry.

Integrated Security Technologies is encouraged by the commitment of industry and government to narrow the cybersecurity workforce gap. We are dedicated to securing people, property and data through unique yet integrated security solutions. Our mission is absolute protection. To properly protect all of our environments and endeavors, we need the continued support of our elected officials and leading mobile and technology companies. Let’s continue to get serious about cyber threats and the shortage of workers needed to confront this urgent challenge.