Can closing the cybersecurity skills gap change the world?

GCA joins the World Economic Forum, Salesforce, and the Fortinet Training Institute in promoting a global effort to close the cybersecurity skills gap.

It’s a bold statement to be sure: that by creating a sustainable pipeline of cybersecurity talent we might change the world. Yet, it’s one we should not hesitate to investigate as we watch cyber attacks grow at an exponential rate, threaten entire infrastructures, and put human wellbeing at risk.

It is not an exaggeration to say that our livelihoods today are more digital than ever. Our critical resources, including public services, healthcare, energy, and transportation are all online. And threat actors know this. Taking down a large supply chain or critical power grid can cause significantly more chaos than cyber attacks of the past.

Despite the headlines we’ve seen over the past two years indicating a dire need for better protection against these attacks, there is still a cybersecurity workforce gap of more than 2.72 million positions. While that number has been steadily decreasing year over year, it’s simply not enough. According to the 2021 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 65% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets.

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