With cyber crime on the rise and data breaches hitting an all-time high in 2013, companies need more help than ever in protecting both their own and their customers’ data, which is reflected in the estimated 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs advertised in the United States right now. Meanwhile, nearly 16 percent of Americans aged 18-29 are unemployed—more than twice the national rate.
Marian Merritt, Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs, sat down with us recently to discuss how the new Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) will help close this talent gap.
Q. What are some of the factors perpetuating the shortage of cyber security professionals?
A lack of clarity and standardization. Historically, there haven’t been good definitions of what “cyber security” encompasses or what it takes to be successful in the field...