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Desperately Seeking Security: 6 Skills Most In Demand

When people say there's a security skills gap, this is what they really mean.
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The last several years have seen a slew of reports coming out lamenting the typical enterprise's ability to recruit and retain quality cybersecurity talent.

Earlier this year, ISACA's Cybersecurity Nexus survey found that more than one in four organizations take six months or longer to fill priority cybersecurity positions. Respondents to the survey said that 40% of organizations report receiving fewer than five applications for cybersecurity positions. And if things keep going the way they're already headed, the problem is only going to get worse. According to the 2017 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cybersecurity workers of 1.8 million people.

At the same time, the pain is not necessarily a singular problem; a lot of the issue comes down to the fact that there aren't enough candidates with the right combination of specialized skills to fight the security problem at any given moment. It's a moving target that changes day-by-day.

"There’s definitely a talent shortage of quality information security professionals who are capable of solving emerging problems," says Lee Kushner, president of cybersecurity recruiting firm LJ Kushner & Associates. "It’s not a shortage of general skill or average skill, it’s a shortage of skills that can help companies solve their problems."

As the industry starts to look at the problem, it'd best start putting a finer point on the types of skills most in demand rather than fixating on one overarching security deficiency.

"The problem is more granular than 'look at all the open jobs,'" says Mike Viscuso, CTO and co-founder of Carbon Black.

According to the most recent research, the following specialties and skills are the ones that hiring managers are having the hardest time plugging into their teams.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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Christian Bryant
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7/31/2017 | 2:24:10 PM
Re: I don't buy young and cheap
To humbly disagree, "old and expensive" is a different skill set than "young and cheap".  Those who define and manage process still need those who can tear that process to the ground and force you to refine and release to stay on top of current trends.  Spend some time on the bug bounty sites and read how much detail goes into some of these bug reports written by the "young" who often take these bounties for the challenge alone; it's a crime how little some of the bounties are, yet still these young and cheap hackers are dancing circles around the over-paid CISOs who sometimes have no place on a security team.
TomC764
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7/19/2017 | 3:21:52 PM
I don't buy young and cheap
I am old and expensive. The main reason that I get gigs is business knowledge. Youngg and cheap are focused on buying more toys. My focus is on cost effective solutions that don't kill the profit of various business. I mostly doo risk assessments and rdidk management not CISSP type work. Those people are young aand cheap AND easily replaceable.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/14/2017 | 3:03:10 PM
Forgetting a couple
A couple items were missing from the slideshow.

"Young" and "cheap".

That's the real "talent shortage" in InfoSec and the tech sector right there, IMHO, based upon what I'm seeing.
mulhearnf
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7/13/2017 | 5:36:42 AM
The lack of skilled people, and the retention thereof.
As long as executives, continue to spend more money on coffee machines, than on security, the problem will continue, and get worse.

To get skilled people, you need to pay them enough, and treat them well.
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7/11/2017 | 1:59:10 PM
Very good article
This is a very good article and it does highlight the overarching issues with the skills and experiences in the cyber security space.

 

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