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CWDI Workshop #3: Aligning the Supply and Demand of Cybersecurity Professionals

About the series

Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The Cybersecurity Workforce Data Initiative (CWDI), mandated by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 and led by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), is assessing the feasibility of producing national estimates on the U.S. cybersecurity workforce. As part of this effort, CWDI is holding three virtual workshops in 2024. Through these workshops, the public has the opportunity to provide input that will shape a possible future federal data collection on the U.S. cybersecurity workforce.

As the cybersecurity workforce grows quickly and job demands evolve, there is a persistent gap between experienced cybersecurity professionals and the workforce pipeline. There are several important challenges in better aligning the supply and demand of the U.S. cybersecurity workforce. First, many employers are unwilling to hire workers without relevant experience, making it challenging for those new to the field to find positions. Second, data and industry leaders note a lack of on-ramps into the profession, and the various combinations of training and experience needed to be successful in the field are not always clear to workers or hiring managers. Identifying the specific needs of U.S. companies will allow workers to get the qualifications to better fill those gaps. Third, there is a lack of diversity in the profession and this challenge needs to be addressed to strengthen the supply of workers. Lastly, the challenges of security clearances for cybersecurity jobs and the complex landscape of certificates further complicate the workforce pipeline. This workshop will help inform important concepts to include in a future cybersecurity workforce study. Please join us to hear more about these supply-demand mismatch challenges, learn about the recommendations on addressing these challenges, and provide input on the CWDI's findings on aligning the workforce.

Panelists

  • Tatyana Bolton, Google
  • Toni Benson, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security
  • Will Markow, Lightcast

Other CWDI workshops

CWDI Workshop #1: Defining the Cybersecurity Workforce
Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

CWDI Workshop #2: Understanding the Knowledge Gaps: What Do We Need to Learn about the Cybersecurity Workforce?
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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