Latest Cybersecurity Crisis: Where's the Talent?

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Not everyone is the starting quarterback.

Some security teams need a quarterback, but almost every team needs a lineman or a defensive back – team players to fill the foundational positions and perform the basic blocking and tackling. These roles are desirable, especially when you're new to a position, because you get to interact with different specialists and familiarize yourself with a variety of tools before getting put in as the QB and having to call the plays. You'll gain experience quickly and figure out where you can make the greatest contribution.

One of the biggest challenges in the cybersecurity field is that there aren't enough qualified experts to manage the volume of attacks, alerts, audits, incident response drills, infrastructure upgrades and compliance reports. And that's not even getting into threat hunting or risk hunting. So, how do we get more skilled workers and white hats on board to fight the growing number of bad guys out there?

According to Ben Johnson, chief security strategist, Bit9 + Carbon Black, steps are being taken to make improvements – technology (in some situations) helps automate things, reducing the amount of human interaction needed, programs to incentivize entrance into the information security field are being formed, mainstream exposure in the entertainment industry, such as the movie Black Hat and the TV show CSI: Cyber, increases the "cool" factor, etc. However, the industry still has an urgent need for technology professionals, analytical thinkers and engineers. For those looking to get into a market that's currently red hot, and those looking to refresh their perspective, Johnson has identified some tips to keep in mind.


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