January 25, 2022

Info Technology: U.S. Government: "Closing the Cyber Skills Gap"

From a Deloitte Web Page:

A new Deloitte survey revealed that only 23 percent of federal managers are “very confident” that their cybersecurity staff had the skills needed to accomplish their agency’s cybersecurity priorities, and less than half (47 percent) were even “somewhat confident.”

For the “Cyber Workforce Preparedness Survey,” Deloitte asked 100 federal agency employees involved in cybersecurity initiatives about the state of the cyber workforce, their level of concern about meeting their agency’s cybersecurity objectives and the technical and behavioral competencies they look for in new hires.

“This survey makes it absolutely clear that the federal government needs to do more to address the acute shortage of skilled cyberspecialists in its workforce. The people who are most familiar with the government’s cybersecurity fields are telling us that our cyber skills shortage could prove to be a great vulnerability to securing and safeguarding the nation’s systems and infrastructure.

Access Highlights from the Report (20 pages; PDF)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.