Latest Cybersecurity Crisis: Where's the Talent?

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Welcoming New Talent

Expand the circle.

The truth is, security circles are often filled with mild arrogance because, well, this is a field full of intelligent people doing hard jobs. But we need these circles to be welcoming. The security ninjas need to treat the white belts with respect, and nurture them so they can eventually wear a cyber-defense black belt. We need mentoring programs, free or less expensive training and improved marketing and PR efforts to let the public know that cyber security is a great career path!

You don't have to be in security now to get a security job, and you don't have to just recruit existing security professionals to fill your ranks. There's a plethora of opportunity, so we just need to create more incentives, generate exposure to the broader technology and analytical thinker talent pools, and then execute.

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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