For many organizations the challenge of hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent can be a daunting endeavor. With more than 300,000 unfilled positions in North America and over 3 million globally, with a talent and skills gap that continues to grow. While educational programs are working to meet the demand, many graduates of today’s programs lack the hands-on cybersecurity skills needed to quickly demonstrate success with employers.


of large companies globally will have a CISO role by 2021


of IT leaders say cybersecurity jobs are the hardest to fill


growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013 to 2021

Enabling new cybersecurity talent and improving the skills of existing cybersecurity professionals is at the core of the Tech Data Cyber Range mission. To address the current skills gap in cybersecurity, the Cyber Range recently launched the Passage Program. Focused on evaluating skills, knowledge and hands-on competencies, the Passage Program takes on the burden of qualifying potential candidates for the most critical roles in cybersecurity.

Organizations that hire candidates from the Passage Program can be confident that the talent they are bringing onboard are not only well-qualified professionals but can also deliver on the cybersecurity needs of the business.

As a Tech Data partner, you play an integral role in supporting client organizations in building their cybersecurity maturity and readiness. The Passage Program provides Tech Data partners the opportunity to grow their internal talent and build a successful cybersecurity practice. If you are interested in learning more, email us at