Millennials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have the potential to resolve major cyber talent shortages in the region if the industry recognizes and leverages their potential. Organizations have a shared responsibility to reach out to millennials in the cybersecurity profession to close critical workforce gaps.
Booz Allen recommends strategic initiatives to attract and develop millennials for the cybersecurity profession. This includes developing a holistic program with multiple stakeholders, including government, employers, and academia and supporting it with a professionalized career model, motivation-based recruitment, and workforce capacity building. While cybersecurity jobs are available and the cybersecurity profession largely aligns with MENA millennial career motivators, the next stage is to prepare them for the job responsibilities required for the cybersecurity profession.