On May 21, (ISC)² COO Wesley Simpson was invited to join a panel of experts for testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. The hearing, titled “Growing and Diversifying the Cyber Talent Pipeline” was a forum for committee members to ask witnesses for their observations and input on methods for growing the U.S. cybersecurity workforce and also for encouraging more minorities to join the profession. Mr. Simpson was joined on the panel by three other witnesses representing Grambling State University, The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College and McAfee.
(ISC)² was approached by the committee in part because of the association’s published findings of several related research studies on the cybersecurity workforce. This led to submitted written testimony covering the levels of involvement from underrepresented groups such as women and non-Caucasians, as well as Mr. Simpson’s personal attendance and participation in Washington, D.C.
The full hearing can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/g45upEriGjY (content starts at 17:01, and resumes at 1:19:22 after a recess for Congressional voting). Following is a transcript of Mr. Simpson’s opening statement to the committee.
“Mr. Chairman and esteemed members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to testify on behalf of (ISC)² regarding the goal of a more inclusive and diverse cybersecurity workforce. My name is Wesley Simpson, and I am the Chief Operating Officer for (ISC)². Headquartered right here in the United States, (ISC)² is the world’s largest nonprofit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals. We function as an advocate for the cybersecurity profession and as a training and certif ..