Professionalization and the Cybersecurity Workforce

The increasing frequency and scale of reported cyber attacks, highlights the need for a cybersecurity workforce of sufficient size and quality to meet the evolving threat environment. To address this need, some cybersecurity experts call for enhanced professionalization requirements. Certification, licensure, skill-based competency exams, and a national association all have been advanced as components of a comprehensive workforce strategy to address the growing threat. Other experts suggest caution and argue that premature or overly broad professionalization efforts may do more harm to building the workforce than good. While experts debate the pros and cons of additional professionalization requirements, hiring managers in need of cybersecurity talent cannot afford to wait.

In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Burley will provide insight on the current cybersecurity workforce professionalization debate and its implications for business owners. Participants will learn the importance of:

  • Defining the cybersecurity workforce; 
  • Identifying specific occupational shortcomings; 
  • Monitoring current professionalization efforts; 
  • Understanding the workforce implications of professionalization requirements; and 
  • Developing novel approaches to meeting workforce needs 

Speaker and Presenter Information


Dr. Diana Burley

Presenter: Diana L. Burley is Professor at The George Washington University. Dr. Burley is a nationally recognized cybersecurity workforce expert who also has published and consulted extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing. In 2014, Dr. Burley was named the cybersecurity educator of the year by Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and one of the top ten influencers in information security careers by Careers Info Security magazine.
Please look out for her forthcoming book “Enterprise Software Security: A Confluence of Disciplines” (with Ken van Wyk, Mark Graff) will be published in early December 2014.


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC

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Thu, Apr 23, 2015

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