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Is there an Infosec Cybersecurity Talent Shortage?

Published: 2016-10-02
Last Updated: 2016-10-02 22:38:53 UTC
by Guy Bruneau (Version: 1)
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Over the past few months there has been a lot of discussion about a shortage in data scientist and cybersecurity analyst, to name a few, where organizations find it difficult in filling cyber security positions. Some organizations are in some case, in a bidding war to attract or retain top talents. For example, Cisco launched in June a $10 Million Global Cybersecurity Scholarship to Increase Talent Pool [1] to help educate and add new talent into cybersecurity. We all know that every day somewhere, an organization is being attacked or worse, hacked.

A global study (eight countries were selected) by Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) got some interesting results. This study reports that eighty-two percent of all respondents surveyed report a shortage of cybersecurity skills, seventy-one percent say the talent deficit has hurt their organization and nine out of ten say "cybersecurity technology could help compensate for skill shortage". [2][3] In the end, technology isn't perfect and a “human” needs to verify what it is firing on.

The questions I’m asking our readers are: How difficult is it to find and hire Cybersecurity Talent? Is the lack of Cybersecurity Talent impacting your organization?

[1] http://investor.cisco.com/investor-relations/news-and-events/news/news-details/2016/Cisco-Launches-10-Million-Global-Cybersecurity-Scholarship-to-Increase-Talent-Pool-Introduces-New-and-Updated-Certifications/default.aspx
[2] https://www.csis.org/events/hacking-skills-shortage
[3] http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-hacking-skills-shortage.pdf
[4] https://blogs.mcafee.com/executive-perspectives/cybersecurity-talent-deficit-goes-global/

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

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