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7/8/2017
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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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Hands-On Training

This de-emphasis on formal education seems to be a common theme picked up in cybersecurity workforce surveys. A recent survey conducted by ISACA reconfirmed it, as survey respondents reported that their biggest concern is finding people who not only know a lot about security but who have put that knowledge to the test in the real world. That hands-on acquisition of skills easily beat out formal education, special training, and certification by a significant margin.

Image Source: ISACA

Hands-On Training

This de-emphasis on formal education seems to be a common theme picked up in cybersecurity workforce surveys. A recent survey conducted by ISACA reconfirmed it, as survey respondents reported that their biggest concern is finding people who not only know a lot about security but who have put that knowledge to the test in the real world. That hands-on acquisition of skills easily beat out formal education, special training, and certification by a significant margin.

Image Source: ISACA

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RetiredUser
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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.
afarngalo221
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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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Agatha
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