The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced the release of CyberSeek, an interactive map that shows cybersecurity job availability by both state and locality.

“This interactive tool will assist its users—students, employees, employers, policy makers, training providers and guidance counselors—to explore opportunities they may have never considered,” said Rodney Petersen, director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). “It can also help us to meet NICE’s goal of fostering a larger workforce to narrow the cybersecurity employment gap.”

The map uses data collected by the analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine job availability and job fulfillment in certain areas, which then gets displayed like a heat map.

At the time of publication, the map showed nearly 349,000 cybersecurity job openings nationwide and a total employed cybersecurity workforce of more than 778,000.

The CyberSeek website also includes a Career Pathway section, which provides job seekers and those looking to get into cybersecurity careers with entry-level positions, salary statistics, and potential career pathways.

The tool is also designed to help employers find areas of the country with a high saturation of cybersecurity workers, as the current market has more open positions than workers able to fill them.

CyberSeek was created by CompTIA and Burning Glass Technologies as the first-year product of a three-year grant awarded to CompTIA by NIST. The first-year grant consisted of $249,000 and CompTIA will receive second-year funding of $110,000 to expand the tool.

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Jessie Bur
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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.