Search for Cybersecurity Professionals Fires Up With New NIST Heat Map

November 6, 2015

There are more than 200,000 positions available for cybersecurity professionals in organizations across the country, yet many of them sit vacant for months or even years. Part of the problem is a cyber skills gap fueled by millennials’ lack of interest in cyber careers and the emergence of a gender gap, which leaves fewer women exposed to possible careers in technology and without any real access to IT mentors or programs.

According to CSO Online, however, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now funding the creation of a heat map that will show prospective applicants which jobs are open, where they are located and what type of qualifications are required to apply. The hope? That NIST’s map can stoke the fire of potential cyber professionals and encourage them to burn bright where they’re needed most.

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