By this point, every organization that needs a skilled team of cybersecurity professionals knows about the skills gap. Companies in all industries are fishing for the freshest cybersecurity talent in a shrinking pond of potential candidates: The latest (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that the U.S. alone faces a shortage of 500,000 positions. Meeting that demand would mean a 62 percent increase in available cybersecurity professionals. When looking at the global workforce, that number is a staggering 145 percent.

The skills gap creates problems for those responsible for managing security teams (security managers, directors and CISOs). While out-of-the-box approaches—like hiring talent with non-security backgrounds to learn security skills on the job—open up more possibilities for solving this problem, companies can find additional ways to boost their teams without adding headcount.

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