Closing the cybersecurity skills gap

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Abstract

The current consensus is that there is a worldwide gap in skills needed for a competent cybersecurity workforce. This skills gap has implications for the national security sector, both public and private. Although the view is that this will take a concerted effort to rectify, it presents an opportunity for IT professionals, university students, and aspirants to take-up jobs in national security - national intelligence as well military and law enforcement intelligence. This paper examines context of the issue, the nature of the cybersecurity skills gap, and some key responses by governments to address the problem. The paper also examines the emerging employment trends, some of the employment challenges, and what these might mean for practice. The paper argues that the imperative is to close the cyber skills gap by taking advantage of the window of opportunity, allowing individuals interested in moving into the cybersecurity field to do so via education and training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
JournalSalus journal
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • cybersecurity skills gap
  • intelligence
  • cyber threat

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