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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Puts Organizations At Risk, Study Shows
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mmccul
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7/27/2016 | 8:01:33 PM
Point missed in article
As a professional who has interviewed candidates for jobs in information security at multiple levels, I feel qualified to comment on the issues of finding good candidates.  There are multiple low level positions with very minimal requirements, but these positions (such as members of a SOC) are often ignored by these surveys, even though they often require extremely minimal background and provide a solid foundation in the field.  To say that such positions do not exist is to play the ostrich game.

The real problem I see is lack of training of management of what a professional in the field needs to be effective.  I often get unreasonable requests for job responsibilities from the manager; demands for skills not required as well as ignoring critical skills that the manager does not themselves posses and does not realize how crucial they are.  

A great way to improve the information security status of an organization would be to improve the low and mid-level management of such teams.  It would also help if organizations stopped focusing on the wrong problem.  A defensive expert is not a penetration tester, nor are they useful on my team.  As one coworker of mine phrased it, a pen tester knows one trick really well and they keep applying it across lots of applications, lots of systems until it works.  A defensive expert has to address every application, every threat, every system to ensure that the risks are identified, mitigated and addressed:  they have to have something in every column.  

 


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