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The CERT Approach to Cybersecurity Workforce Development

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Executive Summary

For a cybersecurity workforce to be effective, its members must possess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to perform their job duties. Proficiency and relevance are key factors in determining the effectiveness of each of these components. Proficiency refers to how well someone understands a subject matter or can apply a given skill. Relevance refers to how useful that knowledge or skill is in performing a given job duty. For example, someone could have expert-level knowledge, skill, and experience in a particular area, but those assets will have minimal bearing on performance if the person's area of expertise is not relevant to their job duties.

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