Why We’re Supporting the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals with (ISC)²

Chris Triolo
by Chris Triolo
category Company
tags cyber security education, cybersecurity scholarship, cybersecurity skills gap, education, RSA, Security Analyst, SOC Analyst, TEN

The RSA security conference halls at Moscone Center were abuzz last week with conversations ranging from nation-state attacks to speculation about which household brand will be breached next.

But one conversation stood out like an ominous black cloud on the horizon—the cybersecurity skills gap.

At Respond Software we believe the talent shortage has gone far beyond something people alone have the capacity to tackle. The solution of the future is one that augments human capabilities with Robotic Decision Automation (RDA), which complements the security analyst’s skillsets and expands their ability to do more. Raising the bar for security expertise is our aim and we understand that the need for higher-skilled cybersecurity experts is more critical than ever before.

This year at RSA we decided to take a slightly different approach by giving back to help expand our cybersecurity community. Starting at RSA and events throughout 2019, in lieu of giving away hundreds of coffee mugs, pens, or other swag that ends up in landfills, Respond Software will instead route a portion of our promotional budget to (ISC)² Cybersecurity Scholarships programs. Attendees at several hand-picked Respond Software events throughout the year will have the option to add their name to our donation roster.

To kick this off, last week 90% of the attendees at our sponsored RSA ISE VIP Luncheon agreed to support this effort! Today we will send our first donation check, in the amount of $2,000, to (ISC)2. We are aiming to donate upwards of $10,000 throughout the course of 2019 to support the valuable work the scholarship program does and to give back to our industry.

About ISC² CyberSecurity Scholarship

Each year, (ISC)², the world’s leading cybersecurity and IT security professional organization, and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, partner to offer scholarships to students around the world.

The Respond Analyst

Last year, the Respond Analyst, our flagship product pre-built with decision-making skills, was able to expand the capacity of security teams by adding the equivalent of 14 ‘human’ analysts to every team which shines a light on how quickly automation can help close the skills gap.