Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at theÂ Department of Homeland Security, said DHS considers the lack of cyber professionals a threat to national security and is now prioritizing the development of a workforce training initiative for such professionals, TechCrunch reported Friday.
âItâs a national security risk that we donât have the talent regardless of whether itâs in the government or the private sector,â Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity for DHSâ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF event. âWe have a massive shortage that is expected that will grow larger.â
She cited the need for critical collaboration between government agencies and tech community to address the cyber talent shortage and suggested the idea of providing scholarships to cyber experts to work for the government for a three- to five-year term before transitioning to the private sector.
âIt builds a community of people with shared experience [and] in security weâre all trying to do the same things,â Manfra added.