In order to try and solve the security skills gap it is important to clearly define the problem and to identify the challenges that must be overcome to fill that gap. In this paper we take a closer look at the Cybersecurity Skills Gap and what can be done at national level to try and fill it.
The importance of cyber security has become an undeniable fact. Every day we hear projections and reports about the growth of the cyber security industry on the one side and the skills gap that needs to be filled by that industry on the other. On the one hand we read about the importance of cyber security while on the other we read about how far we are from achieving it! According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, worldwide revenue for security technology is to surpass $100 Billion in 2020, with the security training and certification market alone being worth over two-billion dollars.  Yet, employers from every corner of the world and from every industry lament the lack of skilled professionals in cyber security.