The Cybersecurity Crisis Requires Getting Serious About Diversity

NextGov: Building a strong cyber workforce means emphasizing diversity, particularly closing the gender gap in the field, state cybersecurity leaders and experts said this week.

“We need more people,” said Laura Bate, a policy analyst with New America, during a workshop at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers midyear conference. “313,000 jobs are open out of 715,000, so we need to very nearly double the cybersecurity workforce in the U.S. … and you’re not going to do that if you’re not considering half the population.”

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