What are your Security Challenges for 2018?

Published: 2017-12-27
Last Updated: 2017-12-27 00:25:01 UTC
by Guy Bruneau (Version: 1)
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We are almost at the end of another year. Last year I wrote a diary on Talent Shortage [1] and from what I have seen, it is still difficult to find the right people with the right skills [2]. I read more than ever, enterprises have to start coming up with creative recruitment strategies to hire the next generation of security professionals (IP-based skillsets) and develop strong training programs to bring them up-to-speed with the right security skills needed to defend or audit their enterprise. Obviously, you can learn a lot of things in a classroom but some skills can only be acquired in the real world. Anyone willing to learn or is curious about how attacks methods works and how to defend against them, has strong ethics and problem solving skills sound like a candidate you might want to coach and hire.

Technologies are rapidly evolving and changing; keeping on top of all of them is difficult and not really possible. I think it is becoming important to specialize whether it is offensive (pen testing and audit) or defending networks. Don't get me wrong, I believe it is important to have a strong understand of both but I think at some point picking a side (auditing or defending) is the right thing to do.

Last but not least, cybercrimes are going to continue to grow and be more focus against selected products (corporate "secret sauce"), user data, groups and employees. Malicious actors are always looking for new methods to gain access, steal data and sell it to whoever is willing to pay for it.

What are your predictions for the coming year?

[1] https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Is+there+an+Infosec+Cybersecurity+Talent+Shortage/21541/
[2] https://www.bricata.com/blog/cyber-security-talent-shortage/

Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc.
Twitter: GuyBruneau
gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu

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