A panel from the National Academy of Sciences, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says that cybersecurity should be seen as an occupation and not a profession.
After being commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a panel from the National Academy of Sciences reported that the cybersecurity field is too young, and the technologies, threats, and actions taken to counter them change too rapidly, for professionalization to be considered. Thus, cybersecurity is an occupation and not a profession.
For some organizations, making cybersecurity a profession may provide a useful degree of quality control, the report says, but at the same time, professionalization also imposes barriers, which would prevent talented workers from entering the field at a time when "demand for cybersecurity workers exceeds supply."
"Premature or blanket professionalization strategies will likely hinder efforts to build a national cybersecurity workforce of sufficient quality, size, and flexibility to meet the needs of this dynamic environment," concluded Diana Burley, co-chair of the committee that wrote the report and associate professor of human and organizational learning at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.