Workforce is a Critical Infrastructure: Strengthening the Defenders
In this Bright Minds publication, ICIT Executive Director Joyce Hunter sheds light on the misconception of cybersecurity as solely a technical domain, emphasizing its inherent people-centric nature. The National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) and its Implementation Plan (NCSIP) are introduced, focusing on their pillars and data-driven approaches. The article critically analyzes these strategies, examining strengths and potential limitations in addressing the evolving cyber talent crisis. It underscores the significance of viewing the cyber workforce as critical infrastructure and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion to strengthen national security. The conclusion stresses the importance of recognizing and supporting the cyber workforce for effective cybersecurity and resilience.