Cybersecurity has a huge skills gap! Will you be part of the problem or the solution?

ISC(2) Estimates a global cyber security workforce shortage of 1.5 million jobs over the next five years.

When I reported to basic combat training April 22, 2002 the screaming drill sergeants made one thing clear, we were all the scum of the earth! Anything that identified us as individuals was taken from us. The only items that remained on our Battle Dress Uniforms were last name and U.S. Army.  Over the days and weeks to come the skills they taught us served a common purpose, we had to be able to kill and wage war. This is where I first became acquainted with the phrase “everyone is an infantrymen”.

The core business process of the Army is to kill and wage war. Drill Sergeant was charged with creating Soldiers that were killers regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). While most of us would not go on to serve in the infantry we had to know that basics that would keep us alive on the battlefield.

Today, businesses are faced with many challenges and leaders are tasked with identifying and solving these problems. One of the most formidable challenges for any business regardless of size is cyber security. In 2015, ISC2 estimated a global cyber security workforce shortage of 1.5 million over fiver years. Steve Morgan estimates 209,000 security jobs are unfilled while postings have increased 74 percent over the last five years.

Click here to read the rest of TJ Trent’s opinion piece published on the CSO for IDG website.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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