The cybersecurity professional scarcity is endangering organizations from combatting unrelenting cyber threats. The shortage of cyber talent highlights the urgency for entry standards into cybersecurity to enrich the professionalization. Researchers and practitioners provide countless recommendations for improving the cybersecurity workforce by addressing the professionalization issue. Professional associations are the nexus of cybersecurity and possess the expertise, leadership, and sustenance to spearhead efforts to develop national-level strategies to resolve the talent gap and establish professionalization standards. Failure to resolve the cybersecurity workforce shortage perpetuates existing underperformances and prevents organizations from attaining optimal security preparedness. Professional associations have the wherewithal to lead the development of a national-level strategy to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals to meet the workforce demands.
Nobles, Calvin and Burrell, Darrell, "The Significance of Professional Associations: Addressing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap" (2018). MWAIS 2018 Proceedings. 35.