Latest Cybersecurity Crisis: Where's the Talent?

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Put your money where your mouth is.

The government is creating incentive programs to fill the national cyber talent shortage, but the effort should extend beyond that. If a company really wants top talent, it should put the fate of its workforce in its own hands. For example, what if it loaned a top prospect the fee associated with completing SANS classes? If they pass, they are hired by the company. The employer knows that the employee has a particular baseline, and they could count that money as the employee's training budget. As an industry, Johnson believes we need to think more like this so we can attract working professionals and other non-college talent pools into the world of cyber defense.

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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