[ISN] Cyber educators to Congress: Let us handle it

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:03:13 -0600 (CST)

By William Jackson
Nov 17, 2010

Cybersecurity certification programs, universities and technical schools 
have failed to produce a professional workforce with the skills needed 
to protect our critical infrastructure, industry observers say, but they 
also are warning Congress against imposing federal regulations on the 
profession as industry and academia retool their training and 
educational programs.

In a survey of 700 security professionals released today, nearly 
three-quarters of respondents agreed there is a shortage of IT security 
personnel in government, and most blamed the lack of a defined career 
path. Nearly half said that current information security certification 
programs, which are increasingly required in both government and the 
private sector, are inadequate and do not address the needed skills.

The survey, conducted by the International Information System Security 
Certification Consortium, or ISC-Squared, does not identify a solution 
to the problem, but seven out of 10 respondents agreed that the answer 
was not a government-run board of examiners to oversee licensing of 
security professionals.

A number of industry organizations have written to Congress to push this 
point of view.


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