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States at Disadvantage in Race to Recruit Cybersecurity Pros

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A cybersecurity class at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Theres a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals and states lack the financial firepower to compete with their federal counterparts, in addition to global brands and specialized cybersecurity firms.


U.S. states face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and lack the deep pockets to compete with federal, global, and specialized cybersecurity companies.

State governments are increasingly targeted for the data contained within their agencies and computer networks that is vital to critical infrastructure.

Although the federal government and individual states have started training programs, competitions, and scholarships to cultivate more cybersecurity pros, such efforts may not pay off for years.

Drew Schmitt at cybersecurity firm GuidePoint Security said state and local governments cannot compete with private organizations in terms of salaries.

Michael Hamilton with the PISCES Project said state governments can nurture cybersecurity pros, but often end up "getting into the fistfight with all the others that want to hire these people and losing."

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