Multiple Pathways to a Career in Cybersecurity
Rodney Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
The work of cybersecurity as described by the National Initiative Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework ranges from the protection and defense of cyberspace to research and development of solutions to the education and training of learners. Given the diversity of roles, we should actively promote multiple pathways to a career in cybersecurity. Career pathways may include academic degree programs, training programs, industry-recognized certifications, apprenticeships, reskilling of the existing workforce, veteran transition programs, and more. As the Nation seeks to address the growing gap between supply and demand we must be open to creative and effective options for building a superior American cybersecurity workforce. This presentation will describe the multiple pathways to a career in cybersecurity based upon the common taxonomy and lexicon provided in the NICE Framework.
Strategic Cyber Competition
Dr. Emily Goldman, U.S. Department of State
The 2017 National Security Strategy warned of revisionist powers actively competing against the United States, its allies and partners. The 2018 National Defense Strategy identified inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, as the primary concern for U.S. national security. We are in a renewed long-term strategic competition, which plays out daily in cyberspace where states gain strategic advantage without resort to physical aggression. Cyberspace has rendered the strategic space below the use-of-force threshold (the competition space) as consequential as armed conflict and war. We must understand the cyber strategic environment in order to derive strategy from it rather than applying legacy Cold War thinking to this new arena of competition.
Cyber Resilience in the 2020's
With constant changing physical and technological environments, companies and individuals are encountering the most difficult time in history to develop and maintain Resilience. As we to continue to build smart cities and smart nations, connecting our networks to Internet-of-things (IOT) devices and other operational technologies, our lives are being impacted more and more and we have rapidly increasing risk, by virtually expanding our threat surface.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the theft of U.S. intellectual property due to cyber espionage and criminal activity has resulted in the loss of $600 billion per year or the equivalent of $4,000 per U.S. taxpayer.
Just as militaries are operating in cyberspace, so are cyber criminals, exploiting the trust of our families and children, who are using the positive benefits of cyberspace to learn, work and interact.
In order to combat this growing threat, Mr. Tomchick and his team at Cyber Defense Labs empower organizations to adopt a proactive approach to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organizations most valued assets, while meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements.
Be sure not to miss this important conversion on what you can do to protect your corner of cyber space and how we can work together to address this important issue as we voyage through the 2020's."