Cybersecurity Question of the Month: Addressing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Posted by Fuel HQ on Dec 12, 2017 11:45:00 AM

We share your responses to the November Cybersecurity Question of the Month
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Each month, we ask Fuel members to weigh in with their opinions on the Cybersecurity Question of the Month, and we’re sharing their answers here.

Fuel User Group member Jeff Donaldson shared his perspective on the most recent Cybersecurity Question of the Month. 

By 2022, it’s predicted that the cybersecurity industry will have a scarcity of 1.8 million workers. In some instances, companies are ramping up machine learning capabilities to fill this void, and in other instances there has been a greater push for education in STEM.

What can be done at local and national levels to address this gap? 

"I think one of the keys to increasing the numbers of candidates entering the cybersecurity field is for us as cyber security professionals (and our employers) to start actively engaging with our local colleges/universities, as well as with high schools. We need to build relationships with the professors and computer education teachers, and visit classrooms to speak about the cybersecurity industry and the challenges and opportunities that it offers.

If we can ignite even a spark in some of the students that leads them to consider a career in cybersecurity, they will have the opportunity to see that it is an interesting, diverse, exciting and even lucrative field that offers a very large range of different types of jobs. There are organizations like AT&T and The Home Depot that have set up Technology Centers at universities. In addition, we have organizations that sponsor IT-related challenges at some colleges/universities, but those often really only speak to the students who are already pursuing IT careers. We need to be able to engage the students who haven't made the decision yet, and try to build their interest."

About our contributor:

Jeff Donaldson became a Fuel User Group member in February 2017. He is the Lead Security Engineer at The Home Depot.   

Check Out Our Next Cybersecurity Question of the Month

Weigh in with your opinions and we'll share your answers on Fuel for Thought. It's an easy, quick way for you to share your expertise and make a contribution to the Fuel community.

Topic: As cyber threats become increasingly complex and frequent, it’s essential for cybersecurity professionals to be more agile in detecting and responding to threats. What techniques or tools have you adopted throughout your career that allow you to be more efficient and effective in your work?


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