The Aspen Institute
Morrison & Foerster partner John Carlin announced an initiative for The Aspen Cybersecurity Group of best practices to bridge the cybersecurity skills pipeline gap. A “diverse collection of fifteen major companies…agreed to adopt and implement principles” to improve hiring today. John serves as the Chair of the Aspen Cyber & Technology Program.
“It should deeply concern all Americans that businesses and government agencies are struggling to find enough cybersecurity workers,” John wrote. “Unfilled cybersecurity positions have grown by 50% since 2015, underscoring that organizations are struggling to find desirable candidates.” The focus of the initiative is to seek appeal to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, which will involve “changing job qualifications to elevate the importance of real-world skills over degrees, rewriting job descriptions to appeal to more diverse job applicants, and drawing a transparent career path for cybersecurity workers,” John explained.
The Aspen Cybersecurity Group announced commitments to this initiative from 15 premier companies.