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Workforce Development: Reducing Barriers to Entry

John McCumber of (ISC)2 on Cybersecurity Staffing and Education Essentials
John McCumber, director, cybersecurity advocacy, (ISC)2

Ongoing cybersecurity workforce problem: There are too few people to fill the ever-expanding roster of information security jobs. To help, (ISC)2's director of cybersecurity advocacy, John McCumber, says his non-profit training and certification organization is continuing to attempt to lower barriers to entry into the field, not just at the workforce level - for new and existing workers - but by also fostering technology education for children.

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Other efforts, including the U.S. government's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, or NICE, are also helping to foster more cybersecurity education, training and workforce development, he says.

In a video interview at RSA Conference 2018, McCumber discusses:

  • Cybersecurity staffing trends;
  • Knocking down barriers to entry;
  • Government moves and child education initiatives.

McCumber is director of cybersecurity advocacy at (ISC)2. He previously worked as a director at Gartner, a senior manager at Mandiant and served as chairman of TechAmerica's cybersecurity committee, among other roles. He's also held positions at RSA, Symantec and Agilent and was a cryptologic fellow at the National Security Agency.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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