The cybersecurity skills gap: California educates the workforce of the future

California is a beacon for global innovation, home of Silicon Valley and a center for space tech. Its economy outpaces many nations, beating both the Russian Federation and Italy for gross domestic product. Big name enterprise players, the U.S. military, and government all vie for top talent; and there isn’t enough to go around.

“There’s over 37,000 vacancies that we know of in California just alone in cybersecurity,” said Stewart Knox (pictured), undersecretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

And demand is forecast to grow. As aerospace innovators break business free of the confines of gravity, the need to secure satellites and space-based operations is going to boom.

Knox spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the Space & Cybersecurity Symposium. They discussed how California is addressing the skills gap in cybersecurity. (* Disclosure below.)

The right age to begin technology training

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Podcast advertising has a business intelligence gap

There are sizable, meaningful gaps in the knowledge collection and publication of podcast listening and engagement statistics. Coupled with still-developing advertising technology because of the distributed nature of the medium, this causes uncertainty in user consumption and ad exposure and impact. There is also a lot of misinformation and misconception about the challenges marketers face in these channels.

All of this compounds to delay ad revenue growth for creators, publishers and networks by inhibiting new and scaling advertising investment, resulting in lost opportunity among all parties invested in the channel. There’s a viable opportunity for a collective of industry professionals to collaborate on a solution for unified, free reporting, or a new business venture that collects and publishes more comprehensive data that ultimately promotes growth for podcast advertising.

Podcasts have always had challenges when it comes to the analytics behind distribution, consumption and conversion. For an industry projected to

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SC woman says technology gap became obstacle to finding new job

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Marianetta Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 62-year-old Rock Hill woman said she was denied benefits, after losing much of her income because of the shutdown. To make matters worse, she said she struggled to compete in the virtual job market without the proper skills or resources.

Marianetta Smith said she wants to work and is actively looking for jobs, but she said it’s been tough without a computer in this virtual world.

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

Smith said she’s among those left behind in the pandemic. In fact, even the Zoom interview with WCNC Charlotte almost didn’t happen. 

After several hiccups with

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How a lack of confidence among women led to the gender gap in tech

  • Matthew J. Liberatore and William Wagner are business professors who studied performance across men and women in mid-level jobs, and asked research subjects to rate how they thought they did. 
  • While there were only insignificant differences in performance, they found women were strikingly less confident in how they performed than men. 
  • It’s hard to know why this is the case, but studies suggest women tend to believe they’re less skilled at STEM-related tasks, including math and technology. 
  • Narrowing the gender gap is going to require more than simply promoting equality in the workforce — schools, universities, and companies need to start initiatives to boost confidence in young women to go into STEM fields. 
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In the workplace, women are now as good as men when it comes to computing performance, but there is still a gender gap when it comes to confidence, according to

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Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap by Deanna Mulligan

Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap

Deanna Mulligan

280 pages, Columbia Business School Publishing, 2020

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Tech companies and their customers report that the coronavirus crisis has significantly accelerated digital transformations across the public and private sectors. Remote work, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are gaining usage at lightning speed. This means the urgency of re-skilling and upskilling the workforce has also intensified. That challenge is complex. In her new book, Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap, Guardian Life Insurance CEO Deanna Mulligan explains how even her industry’s ancient practice of actuarial science has had to retrain using next-generation skills, and how society must now do the same.—Deanna Mulligan

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Early in my tenure as CEO, I asked our team at Guardian to become experts in the future of work and how workers can acquire the necessary skills

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A Major Security Gap In Duty Of Care Of CEOs And Board Directors?

Last week, I wrote an article on CyberSecurity on my Forbes Channel and it was the highest read blog article since I started writing for Forbes. This blog examines the impacts from Cybersecurity, but from the increased realities of working at home, and the impacts that security operations have become more complex. Security focus is now turning to how we all connect and have access with identify control technologies being at the top of cybersecurity risks as more entry points equals more risks.

Cloud security is a major area for focus in the data protection sector and many are now discussing the increased risks of the home office as companies need to understand perhaps all the technology enablements in their employees home offices.

A few key questions to reflect upon: what are the risks of having multiple users in

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New Report Outlines Possible Solutions for Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The IT industry has been sounding the alarm over the cybersecurity skills gap for years, but the problem persists with significant consequences. A new report by Fortinet highlights the findings of a new survey focused on individuals who oversee cybersecurity at their organizations, with a specific focus on the problems they face daily. The survey found that 73% of organizations had at least one intrusion or data breach during the past year that can be partly attributed to a gap in cybersecurity skills. 

The cybersecurity skills gap is about much more than organizations having difficulty filling open positions; it’s an existential threat to the ongoing viability of those organizations. The transition to a remote workforce model has exacerbated the issue for many organizations, with the cybersecurity skills gap becoming more critical for many organizations that have transitioned to a remote workforce model. The cybersecurity skills gap IT teams are stretched

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Solving the CRE Technology Gap

A new report from Building Engines called The CRE Technology Gap explores the current relationship between technology and real estate ownership. More than half of real estate operators want to implement more technology and 84% of owners believe that technology can help the business meet all of its operational goals. In addition, 89% of property owners believe that technology is shaping the commercial real estate industry. So, it is clear that technology is playing an increasingly important role in real estate operations; however, many operators still struggle to find the right technology solution.

One challenge facing the industry is the need for better quality technology. Operators want technologies that can increase revenue, deliver the best occupant experience and reduce their operating costs. According to the survey, 51% of owners said that the right technology could streamline operations, while 49% said that it could help make decisions quicker and 48% said

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