Investing in the Future of Cyber Security

12 Dec

Investing in the Future of Cyber Security

This week, I sent a letter to George Mason University expressing my support, and NetComm’s, for a proposed Master of Science Cyber Security Engineering program.

As a small business working primarily in federal government space for over 30 years, we have a fair bit of insight into the evolving cyber security threat.  Today's highly connected and networked environment brings with it as many threats as it does opportunities; attacks and crime in cyberspace are increasing dramatically. This is an area of great concern for both public and private sectors, all the more serious because of the economic and national security challenges it presents for our nation. Of equal concern is the inability of today's workforce to meet the tremendous demand for cybersecurity professionals. This is a critical challenge for NetComm, Inc., and is an area where we anticipate major growth.

As a FedRAMP-certified WOSB, it is absolutely mission critical to partner with top notch local third-party cybersecurity auditing and penetration testing firms in the Washington DC area. Having led our 4th annual FedRAMP audit as well as participating in the General Services Administration (GSA) Continuous Monitoring pilot, we recognize the demand for highly-trained cybersecurity professionals is growing exponentially year over year. We’ve also seen a dramatic increase in the costs of maintaining our FedRAMP accreditation as local demand for cybersecurity services outpaces supply.

The importance of educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is hard to overstate. It’s critical that small businesses in particular remain competitive in offering secure software solutions, so they can continue to innovate. Our customers depend on a robust ability to mitigate evolving cyber threats, and increasingly they require it, especially in the Federal space. 

I hope that other universities and schools follow suit, because the cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving; staying on top of it requires real understanding, not just turnkey skills. We need people who can create the next generation of cybersecurity tools, not just reproduce what’s being done today, and that means education, not just training.  NetComm and the private and public sector customers we serve will need that expertise in years to come, and we won’t be alone.