When it comes to safeguarding our national and economic security in today’s digital world, cybersecurity is essential. But a growing demand for talent in this field has revealed a huge shortage of skilled workers and qualified students.

On May 18, 2017, Northrop Grumman and the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) joined with The Atlantic Magazine to sponsor a discussion titled, Defending the Web: A Forum on Cybersecurity and the Workforce.

In this two-hour discussion, stakeholders in higher education, business, and government joined to explore the cybersecurity jobs pipeline and the future of the industry.

Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, shared her perspective on the importance of building a diverse, highly skilled cybersecurity workforce during a one-on-one conversation with BHEF CEO, Brian Fitzgerald.

Click here to view the entire discussion, which included one-on-ones with members from Capitol Hill, a university-led panel discussion titled Teaching Cybersecurity, and an industry-led panel titled the Cyber Jobs Pipeline.  The event was also a platform to release two reports by BHEF about creating solutions to the cybersecurity talent gap: