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Meeting Future Workforce Needs

03 October 2013

This summer, the ASIS Foundation, in collaboration with University of Phoenix, convened a national roundtable to identify the top security risks the U.S. security industry will face in the next five years and necessary competencies for security professionals to succeed in the future threat environment. A key finding in their recently released report, Enterprise Security Risks and Workforce Competencies, addressed skills gaps in the security industry, underscoring the need for security professionals to possess a strong business foundation in order to link security goals with overall corporate strategies and to position security as a facilitator across business functions.

The report goes on to note that “education for security professionals must also include experiential learning and critical thinking components that allow learners to practice skills under a variety of conditions and apply their learning to solve complex problems. Mentoring and internships can help provide practical and cultural experience, and certification programs can train for role-specific competencies.”

This report outlines areas of growth, potential obstacles, and required skill sets. However, its importance goes beyond its conclusions. Not only does it lay out the challenges and opportunities ahead, its findings illustrate that our work at ASIS is on the right track. Keep Reading.

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