15 June 2018 | by Heather MacLean


CyberSmart 2018: Recap of the 2nd International Cybersecurity Workforce Development Summit

In May, we delegates gathered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada for the 2nd International Cybersecurity Workforce Development Summit, CyberSmart. More than 450 delegates from Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada gathered to share information and best practices used around the world.

The theme of the Summit was international collaboration among governments, academia and the cybersecurity industry. Based on the sold-out attendance and feedback, we believe that we achieved what we set out to do: foster information sharing and collaboration. In fact, the reaction has been that our Summit is the only event focused on collaboration to help mitigate the global shortage for cybersecurity professionals, which is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022.

We were thrilled with the calibre of speakers that we had and the outcomes and next steps that were outlined at the end of the Summit.

“The 2018 CyberSmart Summit was one of the most valuable and well-organized events I have attended in recent memory. The Summit brought together a wonderful mix of stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and other relevant backgrounds which sparked many insightful conversations and partnership opportunities. The caliber of speakers was also excellent, as was the diversity of backgrounds and regions they represented. It was enlightening to learn about the cybersecurity workforce development initiatives from across the globe, and it was impressive to see how effectively the Summit fostered the international collaboration that is so critical to developing a global cybersecurity workforce.”

Will Markow, Manager of Client Strategy Analytics, Burning Glass

Keynote and Speakers

We were very pleased that Melissa Hathaway could be our Keynote for the Summit. If you like to see/hear her keynote, click here.

In addition to Ms. Hathaway, we were pleased to have sessions from:

A number of panels were also held during the Summit that include:

  • International Collaboration in Cybersecurity Skills Standards;
  • Cybercrime;
  • International Cyber Warriors Program;
  • Canada’s National Cyber Strategy;
  • Post-Secondary Collaboration in Cyber Workforce Development; and
  • Building Cyber and Digital Literacy in Our Youth

What We Learned

There were definite themes that emerged during the Summit and as a result our learnings were clear!

  • Collectively we need to do a better job communicating:
    • what cybersecurity is and the importance of managing cyber risk.
    • what careers are available in cybersecurity.
  • Traditional recruitment methods aren’t working.
  • The NICE Framework is a critical component to developing and maintaining cybersecurity skills and workforce development.
  • We must broaden our scope to have a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity.

How We Respond

If we learned anything, it was apparent from the conversations that there are clear paths in how we respond to this international challenge:

  • We continue to collaborate as nations, as educators, as industry and government together.
  • Through this collaboration, we can and will identify areas of strength for each and actively work to eliminate duplication.
  • The need for a framework is essential and the NICE Framework is fully developed
  • We reframe the language and the opportunities for cybersecurity professionals and we share the message collectively.

Plans are already underway for CyberSmart 2019. Mark your calendar for May 29th and 30th, 2019 and plan your trip to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

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