“Doesn’t anyone else see a problem of manpower here,” questioned Sen. Bill Cassidy
By Chris Bing
Originally published by Fedscoop
An undeniable shortage in qualified industrial control system, or ICS, cybersecurity professionals — individuals trained to defend the nation’s energy infrastructure from hackers — should cause the Department of Energy serious concern, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R.-La., told Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman during a Senate Energy & Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.
“The number of ICS professionals is severely limited, maybe 500 to 1000 worldwide, and we need tens of thousands. And that begs the question: what are we doing to address the shortage, which is exponential. What are we doing to address this critical shortfall,” Cassidy — referencing a conversation with personnel from the non-profit, Louisiana-based research institute, the Cyber Innovation Center — said.
Reg Harnish, the CEO of New York-based cybersecurity consultancy GreyCastle Security, wrote in an email to FedScoop, “finding cybersecurity experts is difficult no matter what industry you’re in, partly because it is an ultra-competitive market and partly because there are so few of them.