Oceanit’s Head of IT, David Takeyama, spoke with
“Skills that we’re looking for are things like networking system administration. Things like configuring firewalls or routers,” Takeyama said. “And then there’s cyber analytics. So this could be log management and knowledge of how to analyze an incident. So it’s important to know a real threat versus not a real threat.”
Oceanit has been searching for the right fit for over a year. A recent study by SMS Hawaiʻi found that in 2020 there were nearly 13,000 job openings in the Hawaii tech sector — in IT, cybersecurity, networking, etc. — but only 3,800 people hired. As a result, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi, in partnership with The University of Hawai’i, announced a new program called “Leap-Start”. The new effort will connect employers and students with IT work opportunities in the hopes that Hawai’i can establish a competitive pipeline and tech workforce.