Lack of security pros could pose a national risk

Dept. of Homeland Security LogoThis week on the Homeland Security Newswire, we learned that a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the U.S. government may constitute a national security risk.

The problem is twofold.

Cybersecurity pros are in high demand across the nation, generally speaking, and U.S. government job opportunities just don’t tend to pay as well as those in the private sector. Given the fierce competition among American employers for these skills, an expert with the right credentials is free to take their pick.

“The nationwide shortage of cybersecurity professionals — particularly for positions within the federal government — creates risks for national and homeland security, according to a new RAND study” (source).

The importance of having cybersecurity experts on one’s team is hard to overstate. Any organization with an Internet connection is vulnerable to being hacked. The higher the stakes, the greater the need, and the stakes in government organizations are among the highest.

Which is why representatives from government organizations regularly tour cybersecurity conferences such as this one at NYU, to recruit up-and-coming talent: it’s imperative that they have the right people in their corner.

But with lower-paying positions, can government recruiters afford to retain them?

If they can’t, can American citizens afford to pay the price?

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