KEYNOTE: The Demise of the Cybersecurity Workforce (!?)
2021-10-12, 10:00–10:50 (US/Pacific), The Point

Our career has been growing like crazy with an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs within the next few years. More certs, more quals, more money, right? But what if we’re wrong? AI, outsourcing, and visa programs may put a huge downward pressure on future job opportunities (and pay) in America. Of course, we don’t WANT this, but shouldn’t a wise professional prepare for possibilities? We’ll look at facts, figures, industry trends, and possible futures that might have us thinking that 2021 represents “the good old days.” No gloom-and-doom here; just a risk-based look at what happens if we really can NOT get the talent regardless of price, and why financial incentives haven't effectively raised the ability level of our cybersecurity workforce.


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G. Mark Hardy is founder and President of National Security Corporation, and has provided cyber security expertise to government, military and commercial clients for over 30 years. A retired U.S. Navy Captain, Hardy is an internationally recognized expert who has spoken at over 250 events world-wide. He serves on the Advisory Board of CyberWATCH, an Information Assurance/Information Security Advanced Technology Education Center of the National Science Foundation. A graduate of Northwestern University, he holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.A. in Mathematics, a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Strategic Studies, and holds CISSP, CISM, GSLC and CISA certifications.