Government officials and job seekers meander a DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair in 2016. Public-private competition for candidates is one of a number of challenges tied to the workorce gap. (Ryan Henderson/DHS)

This year, the global cybersecurity workforce gap saw its first-ever year-over-year reduction, shrinking from 4 million to 3.1 million, according to the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)².

The gap narrowed within the U.S. as well, from roughly 498,000 open jobs to just 359,236, with 879,157 cyber professionals actively employed, according to the (ISC)² annual Cybersecurity Workforce Study.

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