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6/18/2014 | 4:02:21 PM
A Sensible Report - Missing Something?
I hadn't read this report and immediately downloaded it after this posting.  I wish I could respond to every point, because they are good ones and paint a great picture of where cybersecurity is right now.  My interest in cyber security began in 1996, but I've never worked under a security title.  Rand rightly notes that folks like us are valuable both under and outside the CIS umbrella.

That said, I still think there is an untapped resource pool out there, and it's one that understandably is tough to figure out.  Some companies and the government do this, which is recruit cyber criminals to work for them, sometimes with the benefit of amnesty (if working for the government) or other perks like promise of career advancement that keep the recruits "honest". 

There are many talented and well-meaning hackers out there with criminal records.  Times change, people change.  And in many cases, it is this pool you want to pull from, and not the book-learned pool.  The pool of cyber criminals and hacktivists (keep in mind, having a record doesn't always equate to criminal intent; hacktivists are often arrested and they are good people trying to make a difference) hosts intelligent and well-seasoned hackers who have learned and executed skills one may never learn in college or trade schools.

Excellent overview of a solid report, otherwise - can't wait to see the follow-ups. 

Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Ninja
6/19/2014 | 9:45:20 AM
Re: A Sensible Report - Missing Something?
Agreed, some of the "hackers" are very skilled and in the right circumstances can make a talented member of any security team as long as they have turned from their criminal ways. The knowledge they can share can be very useful to avoiding future attacks. 
User Rank: Ninja
6/20/2014 | 6:55:54 AM
Re: A Sensible Report - Missing Something?
There will always be a growing demand for skilled profiles ... hackers and companies, is a marriage that is becoming a significant need

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