Solving Talent Gap in Cybersecurity

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The cybersecurity field will obviously need more IT professionals in the future, especially since technology is catching up on us faster than we anticipated / Photo by: lightfieldstudios via 123RF

 

The cybersecurity field will obviously need more IT professionals in the future, especially since technology is catching up on us faster than we anticipated. But the current makeup of the cybersecurity field still leaves much to be desired.

In an article published on Forbes.com, it was discussed how the investment for cybersecurity professionals can begin in boot camps and internships. According to writer Bret Piatt, this is already something that is being done by the Open Cloud Academy in San Antonio, where they offer cybersecurity certification courses.

Obviously, they still have to make this career path palatable, and that means that professionals need to go out and train students and nurture the interest they might have in the field. Some IT departments are also seeing the merits in this, as they, too, decided to offer internships to students as young as high school students and give them a “four-week ‘hands on keyboard’ summer internship program.”

For the medium term, CyberPatriot, a national program centered on the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, can help ease students into a career in cybersecurity by letting them experience what it’s like to be working there.

The report indicates that the company would usually put students “in the position of newly hired network managers of a small company and ask them to complete a series of increasingly difficult challenges.”

Thus far, this has attracted the necessary clientele and CyberPatriot has even reported to having eight teams participate in their first season in 2009, with the number of participants only steadily growing throughout its 11th season.

Even if the tech industry fails to capture all of the hearts of the younger generation and put them in the field, there is still hope in the Generation Alpha, those who were born in 2010, who have seen the benefits of technology and is growing up reaping its benefits.