Speakers at Augusta conference say filling cybersecurity jobs a challenge

Speakers at Augusta conference say filling cybersecurity jobs a challenge

Thousands of cybersecurity jobs sit unfilled now and that need will rise in the future, with also the need to continuously update training, speakers at a major cyber conference in Augusta said Wednesday.

With thousands of open positions and the need for many more in the future, the challenge of filling cybersecurity jobs is felt across industry, military and government, speakers at a major cyber conference in Augusta said Wednesday.

Constantly changing technology and and evolving threats mean education and training must also be constantly updated, they added.

The Second Annual Cyber Educational Research and Training Symposium sponsored by AFCEA International kicked off at the Augusta Marriott and with a mix of suits and uniforms among the crowd. Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and of Fort Gordon, said all are in the same boat when it comes to trying to recruit and retain “a very sophisticated workforce. And we all have the same challenges when it comes to cybersecurity.”

Business, industry and the military all face threats on a daily basis in the cyber realm and the need to educate and train people to repel those and get better is a shared need, he said.

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