How boot camps may fill the need for more white hats in the US

Cyberspace is the fifth domain of warfare, yet there is a critical shortage of security experts ready to combat cybercrime.

How boot camps may fill the need for more white hats in the US
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As cybersecurity threats increase so does the need for more experts to combat the problem. TechRepublic’s Karen Roby talked with Mark Davis, the managing Director of Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp in New York City, about the supply and demand of cybersecurity experts. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Mark Davis: New York City has created a project called Cyber NYC, which is basically, it’s a  $100 million public-private investment where they’re essentially trying to turn New York City into like the Silicon Valley of cybersecurity. Part of that project is they want to create 10,000 new cybersecurity-related jobs here in New York City. Part of that project is they need to train 10,000 New Yorkers. That’s where we came in. They invested in us to build the official cybersecurity boot camp for New York City, which is Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp, which opened earlier this year.

Karen Roby: Talk a little bit about supply and demand related to cybersecurity experts.

Mark Davis: I guess the headline is it’s pretty bad out there, right? We read it in the news everyday, “Another huge hack,” or, “data breach.” Sadly, I think the truth is that there’s a war–I don’t want to be alarmist, but there’s a war being waged in cyberspace, and it’s started already, right? If you look at historically, the sort of four domains of warfare: Land, sea, air, and space… now the US government has designated cyberspace as the fifth domain of warfare, and it’s an active one, right? If you look at globally what’s happening, cybercrime will cost the world $6…