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The Workforce Skills Gap: the current state of business, the cyber sector work force and skills gap, and ISC2 certifications

November 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Alex Mortimer, Global Academic Partnerships Lead, ISC2


The speaker will be presenting and discussing the ISC2 survey data from the Workforce skills survey conducted from 2021 to 2023. The presentation will cover:

  • ISC2 – brief overview and introduction
  • The survey data with reflections for thought
  • What is happening in the business world
  • How cybersecurity sits across all functions of a business
  • What leaders are thinking about
  • The risk for business
  • Continual professional development – University qualifications and ISC2 Certifications are both so important.
  • How we collaborate with academic partners and an example
  • Q&A


Alex is an experienced business and organisational development professional who has worked in senior director positions in the University, commercial and the not-for-profit sectors. He has worked with and developed teams at Airbus, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bentley, Duracell, Pepsico and many more global organisations.

Alex had built a reputation in the supply chain industry as a thought leader and is listed in the top 25 of Supply Chain Influencers on Social Media by SAP Centric conference USA and in the top 50 of global business supply chain thought leaders and influencers by thinkers360.com and Scurri. He created the Supply chain apprenticeship standards in the UK for which all universities must adhere to these standards for creating their supply chain degree.

Alex currently heads up the global academic partnerships at ISC2 – the World’s leading cyber security professional organisation. He oversees the strategy and works with the teams internally to develop approaches in supporting the academic partner community. He is also involved in advocacy – policy work promoting the cybersecurity profession and creating the cybersecurity standards for apprenticeships.

He is also a non-exec board member at the University of Suffolk and an external visiting senior lecturer (and guest speaker) at Anglia Ruskin University, Royal Holloway – University of London and the University of East London.

How to Join

The event will be held as a hybrid one. The physical venue will be Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 and remote participation is accommodated via the following MS Teams session:


Meeting ID: 369 295 482 473
Passcode: 5WXm6S


Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent
Kent & Medway Cyber Security Student Society (KMCS3)
Kent & Medway Cyber Cluster (KMCC)


Templeman Lecture Theatre and Atrium, University of Kent
Library Road
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NU United Kingdom
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