By Nicole Greenberg
U.S. faces shortage of workers to fight high-tech threats
Attention hackers: Walmart might be interested in hiring you to fight cybercrime, even if you don’t have a college degree.
“We’re removing college education requirements for cybersecurity jobs,” said Rob Duhart, deputy chief information security officer at Walmart (WMT).
The retail supergiant is “finding the geniuses in our backyard” that “may not look or sound the way you think they did,” he said in Washington on Monday.
The company also has programs to teach current employees the skills to become cyber professionals, Duhart said.
Cybercrime can include breaking into computer networks, stealing financial and intellectual property or putting at risk critical assets such as power plants, the FBI says. It can target individuals or corporations.
The openness of Walmart and other organizations to hiring non-traditional employees for such jobs could help address a growing problem in the U.S.: A lack of people on the frontlines to fight cybercrime.
The White House said there were 411,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2022.
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Walmart is far from the only organization that needs help. Mastercard (MA), Google (GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT) are just some of the businesses that are pushing to help spawn a bigger pool of cyber “cops.”
The government is also lending a hand, offering scholarships to students who want to enter the field. The initial scholarships will be awarded in New York, California and Alabama and Tennessee.
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