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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Takes Center Stage at (ISC)² Security Congress

Industry Leaders Discuss Workforce Strategy at Event Luncheon Panel

Clearwater, FL, August 10, 2017 – (ISC)²® today announced Gary Beach, author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, will moderate a panel titled, Help Wanted! – Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage, at its seventh annual Security Congress, taking place Monday, September 25 at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, TX. Moderator, Gary Beach, author, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap and panelists, including David Shearer, CISSP, CEO, (ISC)²; Brandon Dunlap, managing director, Brightfly; Deidre Diamond, founder and CEO, Cyber SN and #brainbabe; and Don Freese, deputy assistant director, FBI will discuss the state of the job market, why there’s a skill shortage and how organizations can position themselves to find and attract the best candidates.

“As we approach a 1.8 million worker shortage in cybersecurity, industry leaders need to find a solution to expand the talent pool and combat a growing threat landscape,” said Brian Correia, managing director, North America, (ISC)². “Guests attending the luncheon panel will hear from experts in the field on how to attract the best candidates, find new recruitment channels and train new and existing staff with the skills critical for succeeding in cybersecurity.”

According to (ISC)²’s 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, respondents believe the number one reason for the cybersecurity workforce shortage is the difficulty finding qualified personnel. They also said that job requirements are not understood by leadership. Also, women make only 11% of the workforce. It’s evident that employers need to look for new recruitment channels and unconventional strategies and techniques to expand the reach of job opportunities.

More information about this luncheon panel and the other sessions taking place at (ISC)² Security Congress is available here.

About (ISC)² Security Congress

(ISC)² Security Congress will bring together more than 1,500 professionals from around the world for three days of education, best-practice sharing and networking. This year’s conference tracks include: Cloud Security; Cyber Crime; Critical Infrastructure; Incident Response & Forensics; Governance, Regulation & Compliance; Identity Access Management; People & Security; Professional Development; Software Assurance/Application Security; Swiss Army Knife; and Threats.

(ISC)² members are eligible for special discounted pricing. More details are available at   

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