7 Steps to Combat the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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Invest in Cyber Education Programs

Commit to long-term solutions around cyber education.

Short-term tactics for decreasing the skills shortage (certifications, collaboration, automation, resource-friendly deployment models like cloud-based security and managed security services, etc.) are important, but the issue is too big to be a quick fix. From a bigger-picture perspective, investing in cyber education programs such as LifeJourney or Code.org is one way to make a lasting impact on the skills shortage. Exposing students to cybersecurity careers and helping them harness their technical skills at a young age is the best way to nurture the next generation of IT professionals.

With countless cyber threats impacting today's enterprises (ransomware, malvertising and malware, oh my!), security professionals have never been more valuable to their organizations. Unfortunately, the cybersecurity industry is facing a major shortage of expertise, with industry estimates suggesting more than one million unfilled security jobs exist worldwide.

According to analyst firm ESG, 83 percent of enterprises find it "extremely difficult" or "somewhat difficult" to recruit and hire security professionals. In this slideshow, Trustwave CMO Steve Kelley outlines several tips to combat this ongoing industry issue.


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