H4cker5 Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

H4cker5 Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

H4cker5 Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

H4cker5 Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

Synopsis

The perceived shortage of cybersecurity professionals working on national security may endanger the nation's networks and be a disadvantage in cyberspace conflict. RAND examined the cybersecurity labor market, especially in regard to national defense. Analysis suggests market forces and government programs will draw more workers into the profession in time, and steps taken today would not bear fruit for another five to ten years.

Excerpt

There is general agreement that jobs for cybersecurity professionals are going unfilled within the United States (and the world), particularly within the federal government, notably those working on national and homeland security as well as intelligence. Such unfilled positions complicate securing the nation’s networks and may leave the United States ill-prepared to carry out conflict in cyberspace. RAND undertook to understand the nature and source of this challenge, how national security entities (including the private sector) are responding to labor market conditions, the policies that have been implemented or referenced to help increase the supply of cybersecurity professionals, and the requirement for further policies as needed to meet the needs of the national security establishment.

This research was sponsored by a private foundation and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD). NSRD conducts research and analysis on defense and national security topics for the U.S. and allied defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence communities and foundations and other nongovernmental organizations that support defense and national security analysis.

For more information on the RAND Forces and Resources Policy Center, see http://www.rand.org/nsrd/ndri/centers/frp.html or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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