Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.
A job-tracking database funded by the Commerce Department shows there are nearly 600,000 U.S. cyber job openings nationwide.
Private companies like GuidePoint Security are trying one way to fill the void: training veterans leaving the military for careers in cybersecurity.
“It takes way too long to bring people into the federal government,” Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jen Easterly told the House Committee on Homeland Security this month.
She said it's necessary to consider those who have the right technical skills and attitude but may lack a traditional educational background, or years of formal experience in the industry.