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Cyber Pathways Webinar- in Association With (ISC)² - Cybersecurity's Skills Shortage: Creating New Pathways For The Next Generation
Cyber Pathways webinar series aims to bring you essential advice and guidance on advancing your cyber career. Featuring a 1hr 30 min broadcast and available on demand.

Join Cyber Pathways and (ISC)² for the first webinar in our series, on Friday 17th of June at 11:30am BST

Cybersecurity’s Skills Shortage: Creating New Pathways For The Next Generation

Supply and demand challenges are something that we are all too familiar with at the moment. In cybersecurity, demand for talented individuals as well as qualified and experienced personnel has long outstripped supply, and the challenge is only growing as the number of new recruits to the industry fails to keep up.

But why is that an issue? What can we as an industry do to attract more first-time individuals into the talent pool and then onboard them into the actual profession? Do we need new approaches to education and professional development? Do we need to change hiring practices? Do we need to change the culture? According to the most recent independent research from (ISC)2, it’s all of the above.

We will discuss the challenges and the perceptions of those looking at a career in cybersecurity, as well as practical solutions for overcoming the skills gap the industry continues to face.


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Jon France,
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) @(ISC)²
Information Security professional and CISO at (ISC)² serving as advocate for security and risk management activities, skills development and awareness amongst all users of technology across industry as well as within (ISC)². Jon is a CISSP and has more than 25 years of experience building and leading diverse technology and security teams, setting and executing strategy and delivering programs that empower stakeholders and operations while effectively managing risk across media and telecommunications sectors.
Debi McCormack
Head of Marketing & Communications @The Cyber Scheme
Overview of The Cyber Scheme's accreditation and new practitioner training services Highlighting the under-prepared nature of current university leavers leading to opportunity costs for employers as well as a high failure rate in CSTM exams The value of publishing syllabus content and encouraging practitioner training The desire to look beyond traditional graduate routes into a more diverse pipeline including military and police transition. The need for a different approach for neuro diverse candidates
James Murphy
Director @TechVets
After two decades of Public Service, James now has a fantastic opportunity to lead TechVets - a not-for-profit that exists to empower veterans to access job opportunities in the tech sector and for businesses to capitalise on their valuable skills accrued through their Military careers. James takes his extensive experience as a leader to drive the TechVets vision forward, providing Veterans great opportunities to up-skill so they can forge top career paths into Cyber Security and Technology. James believes in the development of motivated people with a passion for tech, that can be part of the growing UK tech sector. At TechVets, we believe that veterans provide a wealth of talent and that the future of the UK’s Cyber Security can be built on the strengths of veterans.
Stewart Zvabva
Cyber Risk Specialist @KPMG
Stewart Zvabva (CISA, CISM, CRISC) is a cyber risk specialist at KPMG UK and has been with the firm for nearly 3 years. He primarily specialises in security governance & strategy, security gap analysis, security maturity assessments, security risk assessments, and third-party risk assessments. Prior to joining KPMG UK, he worked for 1 year at PwC Zimbabwe as a Senior Associate – Cybersecurity. Additionally, Stewart has over 3 years of experience in information security management gained whilst working at Econet Wireless (a multi-national telecoms company in Zimbabwe) between the period August 2014 – October 2018. Stewart's topic will cover: A Cyber Career Within Professional Services at KPMG.