The topic of workforce development gets plenty of attention in Iowa. Beyond the traditional needs including welders and plumbers is a career option that often gets overlooked. There is a growing need for a cybersecurity force. Cyber theft is called the fastest-growing crime in the United States costing the global economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
The cybersecurity industry leaks into more areas of your life than you might think since technology is advancing so quickly. Cyber security firms say they can’t keep up. “Partners within the industry are constantly trying to recruit,” said Daniel Lambert, a cybersecurity employer. “We try and reach out to middle schools and high schools, community college, advanced college, military.”
In a recent survey by Cyberseek, Iowa ranked with the third-lowest supply of cyber professionals compared to demand in the U.S Iowa employers advertised for 2,800 positions in 2016 with an average starting salary of $77,000. Iowa State University leads the Iowa Cyber Alliance, a consortium of schools, businesses and government bodies in Iowa. Locally, Western Iowa Tech Community College offers Sioux City only cybersecurity degree.