May 2, 2019

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TechNet Welcomes President’s Cybersecurity Workforce Executive Order

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed President Trump’s cybersecurity workforce executive order.  The following statement is attributable to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:

"Our nation’s cybersecurity skills gap, where approximately 350,000 cybersecurity jobs are currently unfilled, is a growing national security and economic crisis that requires an urgent response.  We welcome the White House’s executive order and its focus on addressing this cybersecurity workforce challenge as a matter of both national and economic security for the American people.

"Cyberattacks by state and non-state actors threaten national and global security, democratic processes, the global economy, the free flow of ideas and information, and the safety, security, and privacy of individuals.  In this era of relentless and growing cyberthreats, we need to invest more in education and workforce initiatives that help the U.S. develop, recruit, and retain the world’s best cyber workforce."

In October 2018, TechNet submitted official comments to the Trump Administration regarding its Cloud Smart strategy, in which we stressed the critical importance of investing more in education and workforce initiatives to enhance our nation’s national and economic security.  That letter can be viewed here.

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TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic American businesses ranging from startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Olympia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.

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