While computer network breaches and vulnerabilities are discovered daily, failure to develop an adequate cybersecurity workforce remains a critical shortcoming for companies and nations. Traditional education and policies have failed to supply sufficient talent. A new solution is needed to develop a robust cybersecurity workforce, including education reform, focused government spending, more opportunities for hands-on training like gaming and technology exercises, improvements in workforce diversity, and technological advances to fill the skills gap.
CSIS and Intel Security produced an international cyber workforce study that surveyed eight countries—Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (U.S.) We looked at four dimensions of their cybersecurity workforce development efforts: cybersecurity spending, education programs, employer dynamics, and public policies. Our findings are based on open-source data, targeted interviews with experts, and an eight-nation survey of information technology (IT) decision makers in both public and private sector organizations.Some highlights from our report launch include a Q&A session with keynote panelists Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Candace Worley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Intel Security. Phyllis and Candace discuss changes in the cybersecurity workforce and their experiences as women in the cybersecurity industry.