The shortage in skilled cybersecurity workers is well documented. Conventional wisdom suggests that the shortage was historically related to low unemployment in developed nations. However, the increased spike in unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic put this idea to rest. As such, it is critical to consider why the information security industry is simply unable to recruit enough men and women to meet global demand, identified by the (ISC)2 Cyber Security Workforce Study at more than 3 million needed today.
This presentation will consider some of the potential causes for the skills shortage, what the opportunities look like and what we as cybersecurity professionals can do to create a more positive vision of our industry to attract the best and brightest to the field.
Understand some of the perceptions and stereotypes related to cybersecurity careers by those not in the industry, and appreciate how these perceptions inhibit potential interest in a cyber career.
Better understand and appreciate the non-technical career options that exist in cybersecurity that will make the field more appealing to personalities that do not consider themselves as analytical / technical in nature.
Understand what a cyber career path can and should look like and better appreciate the value of tertiary education, on-the-job experience, vendor accreditations and industry certifications as part of a well-rounded skillset.