Ask anyone if they have seen the CBS hit show CSI, and the response is almost always a definite, “YES!” CSI was a game changer for many young people, including myself. It opened the door to DNA evidence, crime scene investigation and brought about a change in jury mindsets and police investigative practices. Yes, the “CSI effect” is a real thing.

Much like CSI brought awareness to crime scenes and DNA, cybersecurity and the constant barrage of news stories about data breaches have brought cybersecurity careers to the forefront. Cybersecurity, intelligence analyst, ethical hacker; these are all names now synonymous with heroic careers, and there are plenty of vacant slots to fill. It’s no secret that workplaces cannot fill these slots quickly enough with qualified people. The Global Cybersecurity Workforce shortage is expected to hit 1.8 million by 2022. [1]

The Global Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage is expected to hit 1.8 million by 2022.— Global Information Security Workforce Study

This has been such a game changer that even universities are beginning to rethink their traditional offerings of computer science and criminal justice degrees by combining the best of both into new offerings focusing on cybersecurity. Just google cybersecurity degrees and look at the myriad of options available. Cybersecurity is a unique, evolving discipline that encompasses many other disciplines.

Another great option for those seeking to get in on the cybersecurity action is the military. All branches are now offering some type of cyber job field. Military experience and cybersecurity job experience would make any employer give a second look at an applicant. Some have even called for special “cyber forces” apart from the traditional militaristic style [2], although that has not come to fruition yet.

It is fair to say that there are many options for entering the cybersecurity workforce. All you have to do is apply yourself.

I would love to know what you think. Do you know someone trying to get into the cybersecurity workforce? Tell me about their experience.


Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? As we continue the discussion about Cybersecurity, please remember to subscribe to the blog and leave a comment below. I would love to get your feedback!

In case you missed it, please see Week 3’s post here:  Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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