We’ve all heard about the cyber skills gap by now. As cyber adversaries grow more advanced and organizations struggle to manage these evolving threats, cybersecurity jobs are getting harder to fill. There are an estimated 2.9 million unfilled openings worldwide, with half a million in North America alone. Meanwhile, 60% of organizations say it takes at least three months to fill an open cybersecurity position.

But what isn’t often talked about is the idea that this gap is not really an industry problem, nor is it the responsibility of job applicants to fill. I believe that responsibility for resolving the skills gap falls squarely on the shoulders of companies and business leaders. Only by taking ownership of this crucial issue and embracing it can companies begin to effectively address it. No matter who you hire, there will likely be a significant gap between their initial skills and the precise skills your organization needs.

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