Advances in digital technology, connectivity, and infrastructure have generated transformational economic and societal opportunities across the globe—and especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Yet this innovation and growth are coupled with a rapidly expanding cyber threat landscape, and the region currently lacks highly qualified cyber workers to protect important assets, information, and services.
Enterprises, governments, and academic institutions in the MENA region must work together to address this cyber talent shortage. In this viewpoint, Booz Allen’s team of subject matter experts outlines a comprehensive collaboration model and cyber workforce plan with detailed strategies and recommendations on how to attract and develop MENA millennial talent for the cyber profession. To close the critical cyber workforce gap, each of these stakeholders must play a vital role:
- Government sets the framework, policy, and incentives for long-term cyber workforce development.
- Employers identify risk-based and adaptive workforce needs and develop skilled and qualified cybersecurity talent for the market.
- Academia creates recruitment and career models that incentivize the labor force to pursue the cyber profession.
To learn more, read the viewpoint here.