Raytheon’s Dave Wajsgras: Presidential Candidates’ Cyber Stances Impact ‘Millennial’ Vote

Dave Wajsgras
Dave Wajsgras

A joint Raytheon-National Cyber Security Alliance survey has discovered a presidential candidate’s stance on cybersecurity directly impacts the “millennial vote” across those aged 18-26 years old, Raytheon’s Dave Wajsgras wrote in a Federal Times article published Friday.

That survey conducted in October said millennials aged 18-26 have increased their interest in the cybersecurity field during a time that has seen reports of potential threats against the U.S. presidential election.

Wajsgras, president of Raytheon’s intelligence business segment, said social and political “hacktivism” further increases a need for more cyber talent and updated cybersecurity system.

“As cyber becomes even more tightly woven into the fabric of our national security, the rising demand for cyber talent will continue to outpace the growth of our cyber workforce, leaving a gap that must be filled… We must ensure our nation is properly resourced for the cyber threats of tomorrow,” Wajsgras said in the article for Federal Times.

Wajsgras wrote that Andy Grotto, National Security Council senior director of cybersecurity policy, estimates a shortage of 10,000 cyber professionals in the federal government and the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted nearly 210,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. were unfilled in 2015.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics added that job postings for cybersecurity positions have grown by 74 percent in the last five years and the bureau expects a 53 percent increase in demand for security professionals through 2018.

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