CHEVY CHASE, Md.- With the threat of nuclear war against the United States at an all time high, it did not surprise many people in the survival and preparedness world that an American cyber attack was credited for possibly sabotaging a failed North Korean missile test in April.
But while U.S. cyber prowess may be a popular notion for the moment, constant cyber threats against America have exposed how vulnerable all western nations are to this kind of attack. And it just might get worse.
According to an article in Info Security Magazine, there is a massive shortage of talent in the information security workforce and if conditions don’t change, the cybersecurity industry will be short 1.8 million workers in five years. With that kind of shortage, America’s vulnerability will increase exponentially. Excerpts from the article are below. Click here to read the entire piece.
The serious talent shortage in the information security workforce shows no sign of waning: The Center for Cyber Safety and Education says that employers must look to millennials to fill the projected 1.8 million positions that are estimated to be unfilled by 2022.
This is an increase of 20 percent from the 1.5 million worker shortfall forecast by the Center’s 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study.
“For years, we’ve known about the impending shortage of the information security workforce, as evidenced by our study year-over-year,” said David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)², which sponsored the report. “For the first time, we’re taking a deep dive into the millennial respondents, and we’re finding that they want different things in terms of job satisfaction and career paths. They truly are the future of cybersecurity, and I believe they hold the key to filling the well-publicized information security workforce gap.”
The report also found that the United Kingdom is in a particularly bad spot. Two-thirds of UK companies have too few cybersecurity personnel, with 47 percent claiming the reason is a dearth of qualified applicants.
But many organizations seem to be shooting themselves in the foot by refusing to hire and train inexperienced recruits. Some 93 percent said previous cybersecurity experience is an “important factor” in hiring, and just 6 percent said they recruit university graduates.
Stepping Up Their Game for Cybersecurity
Organizations like the National Cyber League are stepping up to solve talent disparity of what is taught and what the industry needs.
NCL provides a virtual gymnasium for students and professionals to develop their cybersecurity knowledge and skills and the NCL Stadium, where these same participants validate that knowledge and skills through individual and team play. Employers looking for qualified cybersecurity talent need only examine the NCL Scouting Reports – assessments on a participant’s strengths and weaknesses, across a range of competencies – to find the most skilled and appropriate match for their organization.
The National Cyber League provides a cybersecurity training ground in a high fidelity, simulation environment that requires participants to work individually and in teams. The NCL assists institutions in participant preparation for its events and for professional certifications.