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7 Steps to Combat the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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    Focus on Specific Skills

    Encourage security employees to focus on specific disciplines.

    The 2016 Trustwave Security Pressures Report found that 29 percent of IT decision makers wished to quadruple their staff from its current size. However, a better solution is to focus on quality over quantity. While security pros should be well-versed in every aspect of security, choosing a specific area to specialize in will help each team member contribute to the breadth of knowledge of the team as a whole. Advise your security team lead to encourage (or require) team members to complete a certification program in a specific skill area, if they haven't done so already.

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7 Steps to Combat the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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    Focus on Specific Skills

    Encourage security employees to focus on specific disciplines.

    The 2016 Trustwave Security Pressures Report found that 29 percent of IT decision makers wished to quadruple their staff from its current size. However, a better solution is to focus on quality over quantity. While security pros should be well-versed in every aspect of security, choosing a specific area to specialize in will help each team member contribute to the breadth of knowledge of the team as a whole. Advise your security team lead to encourage (or require) team members to complete a certification program in a specific skill area, if they haven't done so already.

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.