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7 Steps to Combat the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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    Educate the C-Suite

    The skills shortage is not exclusive to technical personnel. In fact, the issue reaches all the way to the C-suite. Failure to understand the needs of security personnel and the benefits of new security technologies limits the C-suite's ability to infuse a culture of security across an organization. Direction comes from the top down, and if C-level executives don't understand the critical value of a strong security team, it can be difficult to get the necessary approvals and dedicate the right resources to cybersecurity initiatives.

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7 Steps to Combat the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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    Educate the C-Suite

    The skills shortage is not exclusive to technical personnel. In fact, the issue reaches all the way to the C-suite. Failure to understand the needs of security personnel and the benefits of new security technologies limits the C-suite's ability to infuse a culture of security across an organization. Direction comes from the top down, and if C-level executives don't understand the critical value of a strong security team, it can be difficult to get the necessary approvals and dedicate the right resources to cybersecurity initiatives.

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.