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MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Green Announces Hearing on America’s Cyber Workforce Shortage Amid Rising Threats

June 21, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) announced a hearing for Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET, to examine the nation’s cybersecurity workforce shortage, solutions to grow the workforce, and help the United States maintain an edge in the cyber domain:
“There are more than 500,000 vacant cybersecurity jobs in America— a gap that presents a growing threat to our homeland security. In fact, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress last year that even if all FBI cyber agents and intel analysts focused on threats from China, Chinese hackers would still outnumber their personnel at least 50 to one. Recognizing that cyber threats extend even beyond China and are increasingly complex due to advancements in technology, it’s more important than ever to ensure the federal government has the best and brightest cyber professionals on the frontlines of America’s cyber border. We need not only enough people, but also the right people with the right skills to meet the cyber threat from increasingly empowered nation-states and opportunistic criminals. 
“From a lack of accessible cyber education and training, to burnout and difficulties hiring or re-skilling professionals in the field, the cyber workforce gap impacts both the public and private sectors. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about how Congress can strengthen our cybersecurity talent pipeline as the Committee crafts a legislative solution that works for America.”
What: A full Committee hearing entitled “Finding 500,000: Addressing America’s Cyber Workforce Gap.”
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET
Where: 310 Cannon House Office Building

Eric Hysen
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Leslie Beavers
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

Rodney Petersen
Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce

Seeyew Mo
Assistant National Cyber Director, Cyber Workforce, Training and Education, Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD)

Witnesses testimony can be found here. The hearing will be livestreamed on YouTube. The hearing will be open to the public and press.