Doug Bedell — April 29, 2019, 6:59 am

As Threats Grow, Cybersecurity Needs More Pros

Cybersecurity professionals need help, there aren’t enough of them. That’s the word on

“We absolutely need more cybersecurity professionals that are trained properly and can protect our world,” says National Security Agency Director Harry Coker Jr. “Nationally, we’re experiencing a 12-year high in the cybersecurity expertise gap, and it’s not because we’re producing fewer cybersecurity professionals. Rather, it’s because the requirements for expertise in cybersecurity are growing exponentially.”

Coker spoke at the fourth annual Cybersecurity Centers of Academic Excellence Executive Leadership Forum in Pensacola, Florida last week. The University of West Florida, “a nationally-recognized leader in cybersecurity education and training that serves as one of eight Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Centers across the nation, partnered with the NSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to host the forum.

The security of the Internet, as well as computer hookups everywhere, depends on countering hackers whose numbers are growing.

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