CompTIA,The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Burning Glass Technologies announced a commitment to expand and enhance CyberSeek™ to tackle the increasingly critical problem of cybersecurity skills gaps and worker shortages.

The three organizations will continue their collaboration through 2022 as they enhance CyberSeek, the free resource on the nation's cybersecurity workforce, job market, and career opportunities.

CyberSeek was launched in November 2016 through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of NICE's mission to promote and energize a robust system of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector.

Originally developed to address a lack of supply and demand data in understanding America's cybersecurity workforce, CyberSeek has evolved into one of the most respected sources of intelligence covering cybersecurity employment ratios, location quotients, skill needs, salary expectations, emerging job roles, and more.

 CyberSeek's alignment to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework ensures a common language for identifying cybersecurity work roles and skill requirements. This alignment carries over to CyberSeek's career pathways planner, providing employers and learners with a handy guide for plotting career progression. 

Growing Impact of Cybersecurity Necessitates New Approaches

With the migration towards an increasingly digital and interconnected economy, the stakes have never been higher for cybersecurity. Gaps in skills and worker shortages contribute not only to short-term problems – preventable ransomware attacks, for example – but also carry long-term consequences, such as compromising innovation and productivity.

"Common approaches to cybersecurity operations, workforce development and recruitment and hiring continue to lag the pace of change brought on by rapid innovation and the adoption of new and emerging technologies," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. "We're investing extensive resources in areas such as performance-based training, adaptive competency assessments and advanced professional certifications to respond to this changing environment."

What's New: CyberSeek Expansion Plans

Enhancements are planned for two elements of CyberSeek: the cybersecurity job demand heat map and a career pathways visualization.