WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's "Skills for Business" initiative, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is funding the development of a visualization tool that will show the demand for and availability of critical cybersecurity jobs across the nation. The project, funded through NIST's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), will provide data to help employers, job seekers, policy makers, training providers, and guidance counselors in order to meet today's increasing demand for cybersecurity workers.
In partnership with job market analytics and research firm Burning Glass Technologies, CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for IT professionals and organizations, has received a three-year grant to conduct extensive research and create a "heat map" that visualizes the need for, and supply of, cybersecurity workers across the country. Heat maps are a popular data visualization tool that, in this case, will use varying shades of color to show relative differences in the geographic concentration of supply and demand. CompTIA has been awarded $249,000 in first-year funding.