More than a dozen cybersecurity organizations met earlier this week to discuss plans to establish a framework for resolving the “shortfall of qualified people in the cybersecurity profession,” according to a press release emailed to

Organized by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the meeting took place during the RSA Conference and brought together ISACA, (ISC)2, and the SANS Institute, among others.

“Over the last few decades, many groups have attempted to define the profession, resulting in curricula, certification standards, and lists of skills that only partially intersect,” Gene Spafford, executive director for Purdue University's Center for Education and  Research in Information Assurance and Security, said in the press release. “This meeting was important because it brought together leading organizations - for-profit and non-profit, educational, professional, certifying bodies, and government - to discuss how to jointly address this pressing global need.”