Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap Through Cooperation, Education and Emerging Technologies


Publication date: 2019

Author: Microsoft



Cybercriminals are increasingly finding new ways to hack into organizational networks to cause mass disruption and steal sensitive personal or valuable corporate data. While achieving good cybersecurity is a multifaceted challenge, the cybersecurity skills shortage we are experiencing today is adding to the problem and leaving many organizations struggling to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Globally, more than three million jobs are currently unfilled, making it harder to prevent cybersecurity incidents.

In 2018, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord participated in the annual conference organized by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) in United States. The conference, along with numerous studies that were published in late 2018, highlighted the rapidly increasing gap in the number of cybersecurity professionals available to fill critical roles in the workforce today. The event and these recent studies have underlined the inescapable reality that action in this space needs to be taken to address this growing problem, and quickly.