The cybersecurity skills gap: California educates the workforce of the future

California is a beacon for global innovation, home of Silicon Valley and a center for space tech. Its economy outpaces many nations, beating both the Russian Federation and Italy for gross domestic product. Big name enterprise players, the U.S. military, and government all vie for top talent; and there isn’t enough to go around.

“There’s over 37,000 vacancies that we know of in California just alone in cybersecurity,” said Stewart Knox (pictured), undersecretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

And demand is forecast to grow. As aerospace innovators break business free of the confines of gravity, the need to secure satellites and space-based operations is going to boom.

Knox spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the Space & Cybersecurity Symposium. They discussed how California is addressing the skills gap in cybersecurity. (* Disclosure below.)

The right age to begin technology training

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SC woman says technology gap became obstacle to finding new job

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Marianetta Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 62-year-old Rock Hill woman said she was denied benefits, after losing much of her income because of the shutdown. To make matters worse, she said she struggled to compete in the virtual job market without the proper skills or resources.

Marianetta Smith said she wants to work and is actively looking for jobs, but she said it’s been tough without a computer in this virtual world.

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

Smith said she’s among those left behind in the pandemic. In fact, even the Zoom interview with WCNC Charlotte almost didn’t happen. 

After several hiccups with

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How a lack of confidence among women led to the gender gap in tech

  • Matthew J. Liberatore and William Wagner are business professors who studied performance across men and women in mid-level jobs, and asked research subjects to rate how they thought they did. 
  • While there were only insignificant differences in performance, they found women were strikingly less confident in how they performed than men. 
  • It’s hard to know why this is the case, but studies suggest women tend to believe they’re less skilled at STEM-related tasks, including math and technology. 
  • Narrowing the gender gap is going to require more than simply promoting equality in the workforce — schools, universities, and companies need to start initiatives to boost confidence in young women to go into STEM fields. 
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In the workplace, women are now as good as men when it comes to computing performance, but there is still a gender gap when it comes to confidence, according to

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Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap by Deanna Mulligan

Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap

Deanna Mulligan

280 pages, Columbia Business School Publishing, 2020

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Tech companies and their customers report that the coronavirus crisis has significantly accelerated digital transformations across the public and private sectors. Remote work, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are gaining usage at lightning speed. This means the urgency of re-skilling and upskilling the workforce has also intensified. That challenge is complex. In her new book, Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap, Guardian Life Insurance CEO Deanna Mulligan explains how even her industry’s ancient practice of actuarial science has had to retrain using next-generation skills, and how society must now do the same.—Deanna Mulligan


Early in my tenure as CEO, I asked our team at Guardian to become experts in the future of work and how workers can acquire the necessary skills

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New Report Outlines Possible Solutions for Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The IT industry has been sounding the alarm over the cybersecurity skills gap for years, but the problem persists with significant consequences. A new report by Fortinet highlights the findings of a new survey focused on individuals who oversee cybersecurity at their organizations, with a specific focus on the problems they face daily. The survey found that 73% of organizations had at least one intrusion or data breach during the past year that can be partly attributed to a gap in cybersecurity skills. 

The cybersecurity skills gap is about much more than organizations having difficulty filling open positions; it’s an existential threat to the ongoing viability of those organizations. The transition to a remote workforce model has exacerbated the issue for many organizations, with the cybersecurity skills gap becoming more critical for many organizations that have transitioned to a remote workforce model. The cybersecurity skills gap IT teams are stretched

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Solving the CRE Technology Gap

A new report from Building Engines called The CRE Technology Gap explores the current relationship between technology and real estate ownership. More than half of real estate operators want to implement more technology and 84% of owners believe that technology can help the business meet all of its operational goals. In addition, 89% of property owners believe that technology is shaping the commercial real estate industry. So, it is clear that technology is playing an increasingly important role in real estate operations; however, many operators still struggle to find the right technology solution.

One challenge facing the industry is the need for better quality technology. Operators want technologies that can increase revenue, deliver the best occupant experience and reduce their operating costs. According to the survey, 51% of owners said that the right technology could streamline operations, while 49% said that it could help make decisions quicker and 48% said

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Kane County ROE Gets $85K To Close Digital Gap Among Students

GENEVA, IL — The Kane County Regional Office of Education is set to receive more than $85,000 from a state grant that aims to help close the digital gap among students in Illinois.

The funds are meant to help the district cover the costs of e-learning devices and improve internet connectivity, according to a news release from the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and ISBE officials announced Monday that 471 local school districts will receive funding totaling more than $80 million through the Digital Equity Formula Grant, established with funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

“With this commitment of $80 million in funding to closing the digital divide, we are building on the same goals we’ve pushed since the beginning of my administration, creating a pipeline of high-quality learning from cradle

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JLab Audio’s New JBuds Air ANC Bridge The Gap In Making Active Noise Canceling More Affordable | Money

Full technical features include:

40+ Hours of Playtime (10+ hours of Bluetooth playtime in each earbud and 40+ additional hours from the charging case); 24+ hours total with the ANC onEarbud style for a low profile look with an easily customizable fit.Four interchangeable eartips including 3 sets of silicone gel tips, 1 set Cloud Foam eartips, and Cush FinsDual connect allows either earbud to be used independentlyC3 (crystal clear clarity) voice pickupSpeaker: Φ12mm Dynamic, Neodymium Magnet, 20Hz-20kHz, 32ΩOutput: 110±3dbMicrophone: 2 left earbud MEMS, 2 right earbud MEMS, – 38dB±3dBInput Power: DC 5V, 50mAEarbud Battery: 55mAh lithium-ion rechargeableCharging Case Battery: 500mah lithium polymer rechargeable lithium-ionEarbud Charge Time: 1.5 HoursCase Charge Time: 3 HoursQuick Charge: 15 minutes for 1+ hour playtimeStandby Time: 400 HoursRange: 30+ ft.Weight: 5g each earbud, 50g charging caseIP55 water resistance rating2-year warranty

JLab Audio is a leading personal audio company and #1 accessible True Wireless brand in America.

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Closing the Technology Opportunity Gap Takes Coordinated Effort

Top view close up of multi-ethnic group of people working together at cluttered wooden table with coffee cups, mugs and stationary items.


The tech industry’s diversity problem is well documented, particularly among the giants.

Take Facebook, for example. From 2013 to 2018, its US employee base grew more than six times to 27,705, but by fewer than 1,000 Black people according to a USA Today analysis. In that five-year span, 3.7% of Facebook’s employees were black, up from 1%. And of course, Facebook’s not alone.

Many see that the problem goes beyond the hiring practices of tech giants. According to an Amazon-commissioned survey published this month, the most significant cause of concern is the gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities in underserved communities where Black and brown children live in higher numbers.

And it’s widening, they say. 

Some nonprofit organizations have taken on the challenge to ensure young people from underrepresented communities and backgrounds are ready to enter college, and then the workforce, equipped with technology skills

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Policy-makers discuss ways to address gender gap in new Science Tech and Innovation Policy : The Tribune India

New Delhi, September 22

Low percentage of Indian women in science and gender gap, especially in terms of women leaders in the subject, and ways to address them in the new Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020, were discussed at a webinar on Tuesday, the Department of Science and Technology said.

Vijay Bhatkar, the president of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), who presided over the discussion, emphasised that sustainability and self-reliance is possible only when women are given their due importance.

Several issues in terms of the low institutional mechanism to nurture women innovators, age-barrier issues, leaky pipeline, funding for women-led start-ups, leadership, gender bias and the need for women entrepreneurs, inclusive and diverse science technology and innovation ecosystem while addressing stereotypes with regard to family and parenting were deliberated upon.

At the discussion, Akhilesh Gupta, the head of STIP, 2020, presented some major interventions suggested during the track-two expert consultations,

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