Each October, the U.S. observes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity is an essential part of any sound business model or practice. Without a secure network, companies put their information, their customers’ data, and their reputations at risk.
In Arizona, cybersecurity is a thriving industry that touches every sector of the economy. From retail stores to education institutions, no organization can be secure without a robust cyber system and protocols in place. We can and should be leaders in this critical field.
According to CyberSeek, more than 15,000 individuals are employed in the cyber industry in Arizona. However, there is a looming shortage of cyber talent. There are more than 7,400 open cybersecurity positions across the state from entry-level talent to C suite executives.
Unfortunately for businesses, there is a jobs gap in the cybersecurity industry. Arizona’s supply of cybersecurity professionals is low and the demand for these experts is high.
Fortunately, Arizona is poised to be a hub for cybersecurity talent and innovation. As more tech companies relocate to state 48, education institutions are rising to meet the needs of those employers.
As a matter of fact, Governor Ducey formed the Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT), earlier this year to build a collaborative effort to fight cybersecurity attacks. One of the three sub-committees is workforce and the Chamber’s President and CEO, Todd Sanders and Vice President, Jennifer Mellor have been nominated to this subcommittee.
As a critical part of these statewide efforts, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (the Foundation) launched a Cybersecurity Workforce Collaborative. The employer-led collaborative consists of industry experts, educators, and training partners that work together to address talent shortages for key cyber positions.
To date, the collaborative has made great strides in building a coalition to develop tangible solutions to industry problems that impact Arizona’s economy at every level.
In 2017, the collaborative created AZCyberTalent.com, a one-stop resource dedicated to bringing awareness to cybersecurity careers in Arizona, and is specifically targeted for students, employees, employers, and educators.
AZCyberTalent.com serves to bring awareness to Arizona’s strong, growing cybersecurity industry. With over 7,000 high-wage, unfilled cyber positions in Arizona, the platform highlights viable career paths for jobseekers and serves as a resource for employers looking to address the increasing cybersecurity workforce shortage.
In addition to launching AZCyberTalent.com, the collaborative is increasing efforts to reach out to students in high school to showcase the opportunities in cyber and the pathways available to start a career in cybersecurity.
Interested in participating in one of the workforce collaboratives?