One of the most significant, immediate needs is workforce development. This includes training new cybersecurity professionals, enhancing the credentialing of existing professionals, or retraining existing IT professionals so as to quickly add value in new, in-demand cybersecurity positions and augment the state’s cybersecurity workforce.
According to the most recent Burning Glass report, cybersecurity jobs in South Carolina have grown 134% in the last five years – outpacing the national rate of 91% – and there are more than 2,300 jobs currently unfilled in the state. In addition to the breakneck pace of growth, these jobs are highly lucrative, paying on average 9% more than other IT jobs. Certain, highly regarded credentials such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) carry even higher salaries and prestige premiums.
SC Cyber has identified two early opportunities to create workforce development capabilities.
The first opportunity – internally or through support of partners – is to deliver training and certification programs based on existing, highly-regarded programs. Beyond training cybersecurity professionals, SC Cyber will produce, based on already existing materials and in collaboration with its partners, new executive education programs to provide current best practices in threat analysis, infrastructure protection, and security management to senior leadership in business, government, and law.
The second is to leverage the post-secondary pipeline and create a system of internships and apprenticeships.