Local college programs are working to fill the gaps in the cyber security industry.
According to a CNBC article published Nov. 1, cybersecurity firms are struggling to attract and keep skilled workers to help protect networks. There are roughly 2.8 million professionals working within cybersecurity currently, but it is estimated that an additional four million trained workers will be needed to close the skills gap and properly defend organizations according to one study cited by CNBC. Challenges in the labor market and changes in mentality among cybersecurity workers has shifted to more skilled workers wanting to work as contractors rather than full-time staff for these firms.
It’s important to understand, first and foremost, what is cybersecurity?
“It’s basically protecting our computers and our communications from people that are trying to do bad things with them,” says Erik Fretheim, the director for the cybersecurity program at Western Washington University (WWU).” Everything from hacking to social engineering and phishing and everything else that you can think of.”
This is an excerpt from an article done by Kitsap News.