The leaders of both organizations sat down recently for a webinar to discuss a variety of issues regarding the existing and future cybersecurity workforce.

ISC2 CEO Clar Rosso and the Council’s Chair of the Board of Trustees Dr Claudia Natanson MBE recently sat down together to discuss the latest ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the Council’s initiatives to expand the UK cyber workforce, new and alternative pathways into a cybersecurity career along with answering questions from the audience.

The UK Cyber Security Council is the self-regulatory body for the UK's cyber security profession. It develops, promotes and stewards nationally recognized standards for cybersecurity in support of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. ISC2 is a Showcase Member of the Council and was also part of the consortium that built the Council on behalf of the UK Government.

In an extensive webinar discussion, the leaders of both organizations took a close look at the UK findings from the most recent ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, which revealed that the UK needs a further 73,000 cyber security workers to fill the gap that currently exists between supply and demand. While the UK cybersecurity workforce is growing, the unfulfilled need is growing at a faster rate, creating a gap that puts all organizations at risk.

However, with more than for in five noting that there are now more alternative pathways into the industry, the opportunity to make meaningful inroads into both workforce and skills gaps is very clearly in place. For those already in the profession, 59% of respondents said they were familiar with the UK Cyber Security Council’s professional titles , with almost half (48%) considering or decided on pursuing one of the titles available to qualified cybersecurity professionals.

You can read the full coverage of the session over at the UK Cyber Security Council’s web site .