Finding a Talented Cybersecurity Workforce is a Continuing Challenge

November 21, 2023

Cyber roundtable article snapshot

The College of Professional Studies (CPS) has partnered with the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) to co-host a three-part series of cybersecurity events. A second article, documenting the highlights of our October 6 event, was published on Friday, November 3. These discussions have offered invaluable insights into the constantly evolving realm of cybersecurity, further solidifying our college's unwavering dedication to remaining at the forefront of this pivotal field.

Cybersecurity and the challenges in finding a talented workforce to fill thousands of positions is a continuing problem. There’s debate on the qualifications to fill these roles — whether that’s a four-year degree, certifications, years of experience or even on the job training.

Alex Orfinger, market president and publisher of the Washington Business Journal, recently spoke with cybersecurity experts to dive deeper into the workforce problem.

The discussion was sponsored by the George Washington University College of Professional Studies, which offers an array of cybersecurity programs from workforce development to

bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as executive education. Panelists represented a cross-section of industry sectors to include enterprise, government, and academia.

Participants included:

  • Liesl Riddle, Dean, George Washington University College of Professional Studies;
  • Connie Uthoff, Director, Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Master’s Program, George Washington University College of Professional Studies; 
  • Scott Smith, Government & Public Sector Cyber Lead, Ernst & Young (EY); 
  • Mike Baker, IT CISO, DXC Technology; 
  • P.J. Ross, CFO, HITT Contracting; 
  • Andrew Kim, Civilian Cyber Lead & Cyber Strategy Lead, Accenture Federal Services; 
  • Dr. Pape Cisse, Former CIO AmeriCorps;
  • Peter Romness, Cybersecurity Principal, CISO Advisor’s Office, Cisco.

Read the full article (PDF)