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Global Shortage Of Security Professionals Amid Raised Threat Level
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2/13/2014 | 2:14:10 PM
re: Global Shortage Of Security Professionals Amid Raised Threat Level
If I read one more article about "shortage of security professionals" I'm going to puke! This is a self-imposed "epidemic" by the industry refusing to accept anyone with less than 5-10 years of experience, thus putting the onus on the public sector to have trained enough personnel that the gaps can be augmented from their ranks as they enter the private sector. There are plenty of qualified people with years of IT experience that have the ability and desire to work in the industry, that have sought out education and training related to the discipline and that could accomplish the transition with great success, yet cannot make the transition. However, there are few and far between entry positions and of those that do exist, they require 2-3 years of experience at minimum in security related roles. If the industry does not see fit to have a backlog of qualified entry level positions, how can it expect to have an appropriate amount of qualified professionals? To further exacerbate the problem, most of these positions require the CISSP certification, which is cannot be obtained without 5 years of experience within 2 disciplines of the domain.

For those who would counter "IT personnel trained in security does not make them professionals in the field of security," I couldn't agree more, however; you have to start somewhere and wouldn't it be better to have someone that understands networks or applications and has a solid foundation to start a security career? I see all the whining of about the lack of professionals but little towards offering a solution.


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