The number of cyber security job openings around the globe is staggering. Cisco estimated that there were 1 million unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide in 2014 and predicts that number will grow to 3.5 million openings by 2021. The unprecedented need for cyber security experts has intensified as the industry has grown nearly 35 percent over the last 13 years.

Spending in the industry reflects this growth: Between 2017 and 2021, Cybersecurity Ventures expects cyber security spending to exceed $1 trillion.

“While all other tech sectors are driven by reducing inefficiencies and increasing productivity, cybersecurity spending is driven by cybercrime,” explained Cybersecurity Ventures. The unprecedented cybercriminal activity we are witnessing is generating so much cyber spending, it’s become nearly impossible for analysts to accurately track.”

Cyber crime is not going away. In fact, it is getting worse. The increasing sophistication of cyber criminals coupled with the cyber security talent shortage is creating an alarming situation — especially as we become ever more connected via technology such as the Internet of Things.

So, there’s the problem. But what is the solution? Here are some of the strategies being pursued to confront the rapidly intensifying cyber security workforce crisis.

Rethink Cyber Security Education

The United States is at a crucial juncture – cyber threats and successful attacks increase every day, yet academic institutions struggle to produce students who can be effective in the fight.

Today’s cyber security experts must possess a strong understanding of 21st century cyber criminals, their methodologies, tools and constantly evolving strategies. Unfortunately, the majority of cyber security undergraduate and graduate degree programs available today offer an outdated approach to information security degrees that leave their graduates with a gaping skills gap once they enter the workforce.

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