CompTIA's November podcasts ushered in the end-of-year reflections and looking into the future, including holiday-themed discussions and a deep dive into the 2020 IT Industry Outlook report. An interview with TechGirlz founder and director about the future of women in tech dispels myths, while a robust chat on Technologist Talk debates how the gap in cybersecurity professionals is playing out in the government and private sector. Check out what we overheard on CompTIACasts in November then subscribe and start listening today.
Diving into the Holiday Season and Analyzing the Industry Outlook Report
On Volley, hosts and CompTIA research analysts Carolyn April and Seth Robinson are joined by Randy Gross, CompTIA CIO and executive vice president of certification operations, for the annual holiday episode. For Halloween, the trio discuss what scares them about the impact of tech in the real world; for Thanksgiving, Carolyn, Seth and Randy talk about what—or rather, who—they are thankful for; and as gifts to themselves, the group shares what tech-related news is on their holiday wish lists.
In a later episode, Carolyn and Seth review CompTIA's IT Industry Outlook 2020. Carolyn and Seth walk through the report, covering top trends for the upcoming year, including new aspects of workforce diversity, the need to avoid tech-washing, the difference between the impact tech is having and financial growth, the importance of foundational skills for IT pros, and the new challenges tech firms are facing.
Cybersecurity in the Private and Public Tech Sectors
A recent report from a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security claimed that the shortage of cybersecurity professionals is one of the leading threats to national security. In this episode of Technologist Talk, Randi Parker, senior director at Creating IT Futures, an attorney and long-time advocate for cybersecurity workforce development on Capitol Hill, shares what she thinks are the biggest points to consider about cybersecurity professionals in the public and private tech sectors.
Showing Girls the Possibilities in Tech
In this episode of the Women TechCast, CompTIA community leader Kathleen Martin talks to TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson Rossman and Amy Cliett, director of TechGirlz. With fun, hands-on interactive workshops, the non-profit organization aims to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. Tracey and Amy share how the program started, how they see it impacting young girls, and where they see the future of women in tech heading.