Foreign nations have increased their efforts in testing the strength and exposing system vulnerabilities of the cybersecurity critical infrastructure of the countries’ with western principles and alliances. Even more alarming is the shortage of cybersecurity talent in both private and public sectors to combat these efforts. To ensure the nation has an adequate talent pool for defending its critical information assets, cybersecurity skills should be cultivated among citizens by encouraging them to pursue cybersecurity education in universities and colleges. However, a substantial hurdle is the challenging, complex, and technical nature of cybersecurity, which requires a lot of diligence. This study draws on Flow Theory and Self-Determination Theory to propose a solution/framework to attract individuals to the field of cybersecurity to bolster the talent pool of available cybersecurity experts.
Kam, Hwee-Joo; Menard, Philip; Ormond, Dustin; and Katerattanakul, Pairin, "Ethical Hacking: Addressing the Critical Shortage of Cybersecurity Talent" (2018). PACIS 2018 Proceedings. 321.