"There's a perception that it is all hands-on-keyboards -- people sitting in a basement somewhere drinking soda," McGladrey said. "That perception, unfortunately, drives a lot of talented individuals who would have made a lot of meaningful contributions to the field to make other career choices."
McGladrey wants security pros to talk to their colleagues, friends and families about the field and its diversity of roles. He also urges organizations to widen their candidate pools to include those with more varied backgrounds and life experiences.
"Right now in cybersecurity, we're doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result -- the definition of insanity," he said.