Events such as the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Virtual Cybersecurity Education Conference planned by NIST this December are viewed as instrumental in encouraging young people to learn more about cybersecurity. Today’s columnist, Laura Lee of By Light Professional IT Services, LLC, offers some ideas for how the industry can more effectively promote cyber as a long-term career. (Credit: NIST)

The rapid increase in global demand for skilled cybersecurity practitioners presents many similarities in the medical field a century ago when illnesses, treatments, and medical procedures evolved faster than training and education for practitioners. Unlike the medical community 100 years ago, today the cyber industry has access to numerous technologies that can fast-track educating, training, and recruiting a well-qualified cyber workforce. Yet, we still face a cybersecurity workforce gap.

While recent advancements in technology can help solve the global cybersecurity workforce shortage, several crucial factors to closing this gap still exist:

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