Labor Shortage for IT and OT Cybersecurity


In Episode S3E14 our guest is Jeff Macre – a Cybersecurity Project Manager at 1898 & Co. and we discuss the critical labor shortage, or skills gap, current in the areas of IT and OT cybersecurity.

1898 & Co. is part of Kansas City, Missouri-based engineering firm Burns & McDonnell – one of countries largest engineering firms – and Jeff is responsible for leading successful projects that bring real value to Burns & Mac clients. During his career, Jeff has successfully led more than 300 projects throughout many of the critical infrastructure sectors including Electric, Water, and Transportation. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business technology management. Included among many industry-related certifications Jeff holds are Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Outside of his work for 1898 & Co. Jeff is a Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) teaching various classes within the Cybersecurity program.

This is a don’t miss episode for anyone struggling to staff a security team or anyone aspiring to work in this field. Jeff offers his unique perspective on the effects of the labor shortage, what can be expected in the future, and what organizations can do to mitigate the detrimental effects of the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers.

Don’t miss this critical discussion with Jeff Macre of 1898 & Co.

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Steven Bowcut is an award-winning journalist covering cyber and physical security. He is an editor and writer for Brilliance Security Magazine as well as other security and non-security online publications. Follow and connect with Steve on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.