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The Cybersecurity Skills Gap: It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
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12/9/2020 | 5:00:33 PM
Mind The Gap - But Don't Mind Me
I am the gap. A recovering lawyer turned IT security newbie, I can tell you firsthand that I have found many transferable skills that were not just relevant to Cybersecurity, they became essential to my ability to assimilate the skills needed to grow in my new field. As you correctly point out, the "5 years of experience" required for entry-level jobs has me looking for both a new path and a noose, simultaneously. You are discussing a very important point here and I want to thank you for taking the time to do so. The point I would like to make is that professionals like me can be effective right away. In fact, I can learn at near lightning speed when I am challenged to complete actual tasks in a work environment as opposed to just doing labs on VMware. You are completely correct, the ask must be altered to allow for the expansion of knowledge and skills into the eager beaver newcomers like myself. If, for instance, we were not required to have 5 years of experience, but required to obtain a CEH certification within 6 months of hire and be proficient in Kali Linux after 30 days of shadowing employees who are, then I would succeed and continue to grow very quickly exemplifying "5 years of experience" in 6 months or less. Measure us newbies by our ability to apply and expand our knowledge and you will find the impossible hires that you seek.

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