As an extension to our post earlier this week, we came across another article that stresses the need for those with qualified IT skills. This time the post focuses exclusively on “cybersecurity” (everybody drink 😉 ) overall and discusses the various efforts the government it is taking to get from the current 2.5 million infosec pros to the needed 4.5 million in two years. Yikes! It also mentions the need for “hunters and tool builders – the creative people who can identify the problems and develop answers.” The federal government estimates they have about 1,000 of them however they’ll need 10,000 relatively soon. Yikes! Yikes!
Federal officials are now classifying cybersecurity as the most dangerous skill gap currently faced by the U.S. government, according to panelists speaking here on Thursday.
“Looking at government-wide skills, we have identified cybersecurity as the No. 1 high-risk skill gap for the federal government,” said Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, deputy associate director for strategic workforce planning at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Federal agencies are addressing the shortage of skilled security staff in a variety of ways, including new recruitment and retention initiatives, as well as new efforts to define the jobs that require security skills and which employees have those skills, panelists said.
This article gives us a very positive outlook on the future of infosec careers, but are those growth numbers reasonable? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from TSSG.org.