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Cybersecurity: A Priority for Everyone 

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here! We Stand For Energy knows that the electric power industry invests in keeping the grid secure from cyber attacks and software glitches. These investments ensure our power infrastructure remains safe and keeps electricity reliably flowing. Cybersecurity is not only a priority for energy companies, but for healthcare, finance, technology, and communications companies as well.

An Essential Position

Being cyber-secure is essential to any business that needs to keep its data or its customers’ information private. These businesses need the expertise of cybersecurity professionals in order to create necessary safeguards and protocols to protect sensitive information. High demand for these positions has made information security “one of the best jobs out there—for the next seven years.” Similar to other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, this job market remains

Fast Stats: The Cybersecurity Job Market

  • 6 million: The demand for the cybersecurity workforce by 2019
  • 1 million: The worldwide shortage of information security professions
  • 5 percent: The rate at which the profession is growing
  • 2: The number of job openings for every candidate
  • 0 percent: The cybersecurity unemployment rate

Shrinking the Shortage & Meeting the Demand

It’s important that the U.S. fill thousands of positions for information security professionals in the next decade.  Investing in STEM education  can help stimulate interest in this career track. Initiatives like “Get Into Energy, Get Into STEM” produce a number of interactive programs designed to “build awareness among students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others about the fantastic career opportunities available in the energy industry.”

Cybersecurity is a priority for the energy industry and for all businesses, and it should be a priority in our schools. Tomorrow’s workforce must learn these skills now—not only to meet the job market’s demand, but also to keep us safe. We need a talented workforce to make sure our energy grid stays safe and our private information stays private.