It’s not really news to CISOs looking to hire cybersecurity talent that there are simply not enough qualified applicants for open positions. Postings for cybersecurity jobs tend to linger for months, and recent studies show that the gap between the demand for cybersecurity talent and the actual supply is only going to grow. Estimates from recent (ISC)2 and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) suggest at least 300,000 open cybersecurity positions in the U.S.
There are a number of organizations now rallying to help the cybersecurity community meet their hiring goals, by not only making people aware of the problem, but by providing the tools for organizations to get involved.
To this end, NICE is looking for organizations and their security professionals to actively participate in driving awareness during the upcoming National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. The event will run from November 11-16, 2019, coinciding with National Career Development Month.
Each day, the campaign provides anyone interested with an opportunity to learn about the contributions and innovations of cybersecurity practitioners, and the wealth of job and advancement opportunities a career in cybersecurity could provide. Throughout the week, learners of all ages, along with educators, parents, employers, and the community participate in a national recognition of the vital role cybersecurity plays in our everyday lives, and how a robust cybersecurity workforce enhances America’s national security and promotes economic prosperity.
If you or your organization want to get involved, NICE is looking for commitments, which they define as:
“…actions taken by the community to promote awareness & exploration of cybersecurity careers. Commitments come in all sizes and don’t always require financial investment. You can host an event, distribute career awareness materials, or engage through social media. Be creative!”
If you want more information about the event, check out the National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week site. Or, if you’re ready to commit to action, sign up here and help make a difference in our collective cybersecurity posture.