As those with a vested interest in cybersecurity are aware, there currently exists a huge shortfall of skilled professionals to fill the many job openings in the country. By some estimates there currently are 350,000 open positions in the US and over 1 million worldwide. By the end of the decade the shortfall is expected to reach 6 million jobs. Which means that organizations are scrambling to find people to fill those vacant positions and offering salaries that are escalating off the charts. The average salary is now approaching 100k!
The private sector is not the only group trolling for employees…so is the US government. There are thousands of open positions at the federal level, and like the private sector, the fed is also seeking skilled talent to protect all of our nations valuable digital resources. Higgins (2016) writes “The U.S. government is in the process of hiring a small army of information technology specialists to bolster its efforts to protect data held at federal agencies from cybersecurity threats”. Much of this stems from the Cybersecurity National Action Plan that was offered by President Obama to bolster our cyber defenses. According to the White House “It’s the capstone of more than seven years of effort from this administration that takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to ensure the federal government, the private sector, and American citizens can take better control of our digital security”.
Considering the multitude of attacks that beset federal agencies – The OPM, Pentagon and White House Attacks are only a few examples – the federal government certainly needs all the expertise and help it can get. To paraphrase that famous Marine recruiting slogan…’The Government is looking for a few good cyber professionals’….you can become a cyberdefender!
At the National Cybersecurity Institute, we offer cybersecurity education programs and training courses that teach how to deal with the ever-evolving world of information security and threat intelligence. Business professionals of all levels can choose from our extensive list of IT and cybersecurity preparation courses, including the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or take a specialty course, such as the Cybersecurity Awareness for Supervisors and Managers.