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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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Incident Investigation and Security Analysis

As organizations drown in alerts and try to figure out a way to prioritize incidents for investigation, automation will play a huge role in stopping the insanity. But that won't ever replace the importance of smart people to direct the automation, and follow up with human intuition and foresight to move investigations forward and mitigate the root problems. According to a recent study by ESG on behalf of ISSA, the roles that enterprises have the most difficulty filling are those involving incident investigation and analysis. That figure is validated by CompTIA, which also found that skilled security analysts are the hardest-to-find security specialists in today's market.

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Incident Investigation and Security Analysis

As organizations drown in alerts and try to figure out a way to prioritize incidents for investigation, automation will play a huge role in stopping the insanity. But that won't ever replace the importance of smart people to direct the automation, and follow up with human intuition and foresight to move investigations forward and mitigate the root problems. According to a recent study by ESG on behalf of ISSA, the roles that enterprises have the most difficulty filling are those involving incident investigation and analysis. That figure is validated by CompTIA, which also found that skilled security analysts are the hardest-to-find security specialists in today's market.

Image Source: ESG/ISSA

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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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Thanks,

Agatha
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