Cybersecurity is an issue at all levels of government — as are the headaches of finding qualified experts to do the job.

The ongoing threat to government networks — municipal, state and federal — is driving the push to attract top cybersecurity talent. Consider:

At the same time, government IT departments are stressed by a variety of initiatives that are stretching budgets thin such as website improvements and the expansion of online bill-paying services, for example. The push to make cities “smart” creates security nightmares by expanding attack surfaces to support connected services for millions of people.

Demand for Cybersecurity Talent Outstrips Supply

Meanwhile, the worldwide need for cybersecurity professionals is outstripping our ability to create them. The Global Information Security Workforce Study notes that worldwide, there will be 1.8 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity by 2022.

The problem is being recognized at all levels – in rural counties and in the federal government. U.S. Government Accountability Office testimony notes a number of issues facing government bodies as they struggle to secure networks:

  • Money. Private sector cybersecurity salaries ranging from highs of  $500,000 to $2 million are out of reach to government entities. Contributing to the rise in salaries is the explosion in demand for cybersecurity talent — which makes experts willing to leave teams for government positions hard to find.  

  • Scoping out the problem. Defining security staffing needs is very difficult in the public sector where there is little consistency in respect to the network technologies, platforms and toolsets used across departments.  Even two departments networked together can have totally different systems — which adds to the difficulty of finding economies of scale in hiring practices.

  • Recruiting and retaining talent. The process of hiring at the federal government is so tedious and inefficient, credible candidates are often lost in the process. Outdated assessment models and the relatively small number of hiring authorities mandated by law, order or regulation hinders progress with the result that candidates often give up.

Is Outsourcing a Solution?

The challenges of closing the cybersecurity talent gap do not diminish the responsibility of government at every level to secure sensitive data, provide services and protect the safety of citizens at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.

Outsourcing cybersecurity is an attractive option, as it gives government agencies access to skilled talent and advanced technology without the overhead.

With SpartanTec, Inc., governments find a partner with experience working with changing technology, regulations and budget challenges. SpartanTec, Inc. delivers the advantages of best-of-breed security technology combined with the support of highly-skilled cybersecurity experts. Contact SpartanTec, Inc. to learn how we can help you close the cybersecurity talent gap at your government agency.