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The United States needs immediate and sustained improvements in its cyber security workforce, as there are an estimated 299,000 active openings for cyber security-related jobs in the United States as of August 2017. Globally, projections show a cybersecurity workforce shortage of 1.8 million by 2022. This is one of the conclusions of a report from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Commerce.

In order to tackle the problem, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has awarded $2 million to an initiative that will build a national network of cybersecurity technical institutes. The aim of cybersecurity technical institutes is to shrink the cybersecurity workforce shortage. 

Referring to cyber security workforce needs, the report also found that “the majority of U.S. critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private companies, making its cybersecurity workforce vital.” Also, “the Federal government depends heavily on its cybersecurity workforce, supplemented by contractors.”

“CISA sees the growing cybersecurity workforce shortage in the United States as a national security risk,” said Bryan Ware, CISA’s assistant director of cybersecurity. “With our government and private sector partners, CISA is striving to ‘secure tomorrow’ by preparing, growing, and sustaining the nation’s cybersecurity workforce. This award to create a national network of institutes to educate and train dynamic and diverse cybersecurity professionals is part of the administration and CISA’s initiatives and efforts to begin a trend of reducing this workforce gap,” according to reports

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