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You Can't Hire Your Way Out Of A Skills Shortage ... Yet
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utsec12,
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3/3/2017 | 1:41:12 PM
Something to fix now
I agree that entry level, just out of school, no experience is not as helpful.  But there are many other stats that make InfoSec a critical  position at multiple levels.  Got to have the CIO/CISO, and pay them decent, but the things mentioned like companies sponsoring and helping employees grow.  There should be more $$ incentives for certifications and support for education by Gov and Companies.  The Cyber Security professional attainment will only get more crazy with an ever changing tech environment, not to mention that hackers don't have the same rules to comply with:(
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IanT113,
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2/13/2017 | 2:15:59 PM
skills shortage in infosec
Hi - good post, thanks.

I'd say we're trying to hire too many people in infosec. We created roles around minute specifications for some reason, not sure why.

Entry level roles in infosec should not exist. We should be demanding 5 years of demonstrated excellence in some IT field with some evidence of the ability to be flexible (e.g. windows/messaging does some coding and *nix) before considering a more holistic IT-biased role in security. There are so many reasons for this, too many to cover here. The counter to this could be that there aren't enough wizards that fit this description, but i believe we need _fewer_ people, not more...but that's a story for another day :)

A team of 400 security staff employed by a large bank coiuld be reduced to 6.

More details at my blog site - seven-stones dot biz 


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