June 25, 2019
Interview by Peter Suciu, ClearanceJobs
Need to Hire Cyber Talent? Look Beyond the Nation’s Capital
Is there a rural solution to the cyber security shortage?
For the past few years, the demand for cyber talent has been increasing exponentially. Today, the D.C. metro area has the highest demand for cyber security professionals in the country.
According to data from CyberSeek, the U.S. private sector posted more than 315,000 jobs for cybersecurity professionals from September 2017 to August 2018. In some markets, notably D.C., the problem was more pronounced. Last fall the nation’s capital had more than 44,000 open cybersecurity jobs – compared to 20,000 in New York City, and 11,000 in Chicago.
A solution floated at the AWS Public Sector Summit was for tech firms to recruit beyond the Beltway. Some tech firms have already begun to embrace such a strategy – such as 1901 Group.
Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations at 1901 Group shares 1901 Group’s strategy and vision of bringing IT work to rural America – specifically Blacksburg, VA with Peter Suciu, Reporter at ClearanceJobs
“Sonu Singh’s vision – our CEO – when he started 1901 Group, was not that companies need to look to rural locations for talent but rather that companies should look to and move work to rural America, where there is a high quality of life, the cost of living is lower than urban, and where there is ample access to talented people such as in Blacksburg, VA with Virginia Tech, Radford University, and other higher education institutions nearby.”
– Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations at 1901 Group
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Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.
EVP, Corporate Strategy and BD
Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners. Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.
EVP, Operations and Engineering
James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources
Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.
SVP, Partner Relations
Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.