Forbes: Expand The Talent Pipeline: Focus On Skills, Not Degrees

“While traditional degrees can still be used to signal competency, Michael Rigas, Acting Director, OPM, has emphasized that they will not be used as a necessary factor in the hiring process—skill and the ability to successfully complete the job at hand is ultimately what matters.

Although the Federal government only employs 3 percent of the workforce, according to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the entire government, including state and local, employ 16 percent. This means that the move towards hiring based on skills has the potential to generate a chain reaction that affects the broader marketplace at large.

According to CyberSeek, an interactive platform developed by Burning Glass Technologies in collaboration with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the national ratio of the supply to demand for cybersecurity jobs is 2.

That means that half the nation’s existing cybersecurity workforce would need to change jobs every year just to meet new job postings. Given that most people stay in jobs for more than a year, this statistic underscores the severity of the cybersecurity skills gap. In fact, some estimates suggest that we may need as many as 4 million additional cybersecurity professionals, although more conservative estimates from CyberSeek suggest it is closer to 475,000.”

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