ESG has been researching, writing about, and addressing the cybersecurity skills shortage for a number of years. Unfortunately, this situation continues to deteriorate. In a disquieting development, nearly half of organizations now claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. Additionally, a vast majority of organizations acknowledge that it is difficult to recruit and hire cybersecurity talent. ESG believes that this trend represents a national security risk demanding a comprehensive strategy from national governments.