Everywhere I go these days, people are talking about cybersecurity and its ability to drive economic growth in the greater Washington region. While they agree on its potential, they often seem to disagree on how we are doing on taking advantage of this opportunity.
If you listen closely, some will say that our region is poised to, or has already become, the “Silicon Valley of cybersecurity.” Others say, “this region has all the attributes, if only we did X” and that until X occurs our region is doomed to have second-class status as a technology innovation community. Some cybersecurity start-ups lament that they need to look elsewhere for product and software development skills and yet others say we have an abundance of cybersecurity talent in the region.
Why is this picture so confusing, and what is the truth?