Should the Field of Cybersecurity Be Professionalized?

Established professions such as medicine, law, and aviation have certain important characteristics in common -- formal education, standardized testing and licensing, ethical standards for behavior, and accountability measures.  Professional status can raise quality standards, enhance the public's trust and confidence, and enable compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

A new report from the National Research Council looks at whether the burgeoning field of cybersecurity should be professionalized.  It examines current and future work-force requirements, considers several approaches to professionalization and the associated advantages and disadvantages, and offers criteria for identifying which, if any, cybersecurity occupations may require professionalization. 


Advance copies of Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Tuesday, Sept. 17.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 18.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail