Data Security, Network Security

More Humans Needed: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

By Marcos Colon

It’s a topic that’s been discussed for years on end, but it’s not getting any better any time soon. The cybersecurity talent gap is currently in crisis mode, with some reports indicating that as many as 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be open by 2021.

As the use of connected devices continues to increase within the business, and the threat landscape evolving at a pace that’s difficult to keep up with, it may seem natural to think that the cybersecurity liquids market is the answer, but it could very well be adding to the problem.

With more than 1,200 vendors competing in the cybersecurity market, it’s becoming more and more challenging for security practitioners to wrap their heads around which solutions best fit their security strategy, let alone understand how to utilize them. But at the end of the day, it’s really about not having enough human beings in the industry, says Kathie Miley, Chief Operating Officer at Cybrary, a cybersecurity training provider.

“When you’re looking to fill 3.5 million open jobs with people who have [more than five years] of experience who do not exist, then the problem is going to be pervasive,” Miley told InfoSec Insider during the recent Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas. The goal is to attract a new crop of cybersecurity warriors, but a more significant challenge may be to have employers understand that they’ll need to be trained up, she added.

In the full interview below, Miley pinpoints the real issues organizations face when it comes to the cybersecurity talent shortage, why employers are doing a good job of finding the right talent only in certain circumstances, and the impact the cybersecurity solutions market is having on the talent shortage.

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