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Firms More Likely to Tempt Security Pros With Big Salaries than Invest in Training

Booz Allen survey shows most organizations' answer to the security skills shortage may be unsustainable.

RSA CONFERENCE 2018 - San Francisco - Invest in more expensive security technology, ask security pros to work longer hours, offer them more money, even train non-cyber employees to do some of the security tasks - those are all methods organizations use to address their shortage of skilled security staff. And according to a new report, they all rank higher on the priority list than providing training to help their security staff learn new skills. 

The national survey of 250 IT decision-makers, released today by Booz Allen and KRC Research, found that 83% of respondents have open cybersecurity positions to fill at their company, with 72% saying it is especially challenging to fill advanced roles like threat hunters and malware reverse engineers.  

In an interview with Dark Reading, here, Booz Allen vice president Anil Markose said, "You walk the show floor here [at the RSA Conference] and see, these products are getting more complicated. So the technical chops to use them," are something companies must have, either on their own teams or through service providers.

"These findings are rooted in what Booz Allen has understood for quite some time – products alone won’t make organizations secure, tools are only effective when a skilled workforce is in place to use them," said Booz Allen’s U.S. Commercial Lead, Bill Phelps, in a statement.

However, the report states, that organizations are using "short-term staffing fixes to protect their business, often making the problem worse. 

To address the shortage of skilled staff, respondents say their business prioritizes turning to tools and software (56%), training non-cyber employees (52%), and asking employees to work longer hours (45% percent). To be more competitive in the market for the best cybersecurity talent, respondents say they prioritize offering candidates the higher compensation (54%) and investing continuously in the latest cyber technologies (51%) over training and apprenticeship opportunities (35%) and paying for further education at colleges, universities or boot camps (34%).

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Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

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4/20/2018 | 10:37:27 AM
Re: Academy Corporations vs. Big Salary Temptation
Cybersecurity is a very high stress job due to the number of villains to be dealt with.  It is also the one IT field that has yet to be decimated by outsourcing to Bangalore - though that has happened in some firms to their regret.  Merck, if memory serves, outsourced IT and paid a heavy price for it.   Salary helps alot but solid education in the field (and there are a ton of really weird degrees available) is also a key.  And the C-Suite has to be aware of the importance of cybersecurity as a policy and not just another damn IT department full of geeks doing nothing.
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4/20/2018 | 8:32:55 AM
Academy Corporations vs. Big Salary Temptation
I find this to be commonplace. Unfortunately, facilitating the Big Salary model doesn't close the skill gap. Openly offering trainings that "academy corporations" allows for the employee to become trained in the skill sets required for the company to close the skill gap while allowing them to pursue their interest. One major pitfall to both models is even with salary progression and training alotment if internal advancement isn't offered you will have difficulty with employee retention.
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