FALL 2017 | CompTIAWorld 53 By Lana Sansur CompTIA held its’ third annual Excellence in Cybersecurity Award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in June. The purpose of the award is to recognize members of Congress and federal agency program managers who are making wise use of federal resources to support and improve the cybersecurity skills of those who work for the U.S. federal government. Our 2017 Excellence in Cybersecurity Award honorees were Senator Mike Rounds, Representative Jim Langevin and Lisa Dorr, director of IT workforce planning and development at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). John McGlinchey, CompTIA’s senior VP, global business development, quickly got to the point. “The challenge before us is great,” he said. “The United States has an incredibly vast mix of agencies and departments, employing millions of people. All branches of the government are impacted by our modern-day cybersecurity landscape. The need for a robust cyber-workforce is only growing. Every year in the U.S. there are 128,000 openings for information security analysts, but only 88,000 workers are currently employed in those positions – a talent shortfall of 40,000 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job,” McGlinchey said. According to the CompTIA Cyberstates Tech Jobs Outlook, the tech workforce will be eight million strong by 2024. Increasingly, all tech jobs are becoming cybersecurity jobs. “Cyber-workforce initiatives are more important than ever,” he said. “The workforce gap is growing— the projected shortage is expected to reach 1.8 million professionals by 2022.” To get a sense of where we stand today in terms of jobs versus talent, McGlinchy encouraged the audience to check out CyberSeek, an online resource designed to enhance our nation’s cybersecurity workforce. CyberSeek is an interactive cybersecurity jobs heat map developed by CompTIA with a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education with our partner Burning Glass. The map clearly demonstrates that cybersecurity talent is not keeping pace with demand. “There is a gap between the good guys and the bad guys [hackers] and we need to reduce the gap with a highly skilled workforce that is able to secure our critical IT systems and track down the bad actors around the globe,” McGlinchey said. “To fill the pipeline of qualified workers and encourage advancement in the cybersecurity field, apprenticeship programs and certifications are vital.” CompTIA is committed to helping eliminate the widening gap in the IT security workforce with the most updated resources and certification opportunities. CompTIA offers cybersecurity certifications including CompTIA Cybersecurity Analytics (CSA+), CompTIA Advanced Security Practioner (CASP) and CompTIA Security+. In addition, through CompTIA’s philanthropic arm Creating IT Futures, workforce challenges are being addressed through research, program development, apprenticeships and partnering. In fact, in the Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready education 2017 Excellence in Cybersecurity Awards Winners Honored