Towerwall Founder and CEO Michelle Drolet’s latest article “Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap: 3 Big Steps” is featured in the InformationWeek Dark Reading. Read more below:
The stakes are high. Establishing clear pathways into the industry, standardizing jobs, and assessing skills will require industry-wide consensus and earnest collaboration.
There is a dangerous dearth of qualified Information Security talent in industry today. In the face of mounting threats and an unprecedented number of data breaches, organizations and governments simply aren’t coping. Cybercrime is growing rapidly as sophisticated, targeted attacks flood in from diverse sources.
The exploitation of vulnerabilities has a very real economic toll that’s often underestimated. Economic growth is restricted and job losses are common. For example, a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies put the loss to business from cybercrime between $375 billion and $575 billion in 2013 alone. And yet, the industry is singularly unprepared to meet the challenge:
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium estimates a shortfall of 300,000 cybersecurity professionals, and that may be optimistic.
Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report says the deficit of information security staff and managers is 1 million strong.
Clearly it’s vital that something be done to redress the balance and make a career in cybersecurity more desirable. Here are three suggestions…