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Security Talent Gap Leaves Enterprises Vulnerable

By Samuel Greengard
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    Security Talent Gap Leaves Enterprises Vulnerable

    Security Talent Gap Leaves Enterprises Vulnerable

    The shortage of workers in the cyber-security field has reached crisis levels and the potential fallout is enormous, making firms desirable targets for hacking.

The shortage of workers in the cyber-security field is well-documented. What's more, study after study shows that the problem is growing worse. However, "Hacking the Skills Shortage," a recently released report from Intel Security, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has found that the problem has reached crisis levels, and the potential fallout is enormous. A vast majority of respondents admitted that they are understaffed and overwhelmed, and they believe that an inability to address key cyber-security issues makes their organization a more desirable target for hacking. The survey—which tapped more than 775 IT decision-makers in Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States—offers insights into the state of cyber-security. Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group stated: "The security industry has talked at length about how to address the storm of hacks and breaches, but government and the private sector haven't brought enough urgency to solving the cyber-security talent shortage. … We need to foster new education models, accelerate the availability of training opportunities, and we need to deliver deeper automation so that talent is put to its best use on the front line."  

This article was originally published on 2016-08-29
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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