In this day and age, we face a unique challenge: we have an increasing demand to fill empty cyber security positions while also continuing to place an emphasis on educating and guiding younger generations towards these careers. Often, companies do not express an interest in these younger generations until the time comes where their corporation is in need of filling positions. But if companies were to contribute early on in driving funding and interest toward cybersecurity programs it would be a win-win situation.
According to Forbes’ August 2018 article The Cybersecurity Talent Gap Is An Industry Crisis, there will be a 3.5 million unfilled information security jobs in the next three years. This means that our challenge for teaching the skills and knowledge to empower cybersecurity staff is multi-generational: we need to train people now, workers, veterans, and those looking to jump start their career – but we also need to be training the skills pipeline from college down to elementary school. We also need to motive and empower the teachers and parents in the pipeline to prepare the next generation of security talent our country needs.
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