Addressing the IT Security Skills Gap

By Samuel Greengard
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    Addressing the IT Security Skills Gap

    Addressing the IT Security Skills Gap

    A fast-changing threat landscape, a huge IT security skills gap and budgeting conflicts are undermining cyber-security protection strategies.

Today's cyber-threats present challenges for even the most tech-savvy IT executives in the most tech-savvy organizations. It's not news that the volume and velocity of threats continue to grow. At the center of the problem? Recruiting and retaining the security talent necessary to mitigate and minimize cyber-risks. The IT security skills gap—which could currently be called a chasm—is growing worse by the day. A January 2017 research study conducted by Osterman Research for information security vendor Trustwave, "Money, Minds and the Masses: A Study of Cybersecurity Resource Limitations," offers insights into industry trends and problem points. Among other things, the research found that a fast-changing threat landscape, high staff turnover and budgeting conflicts are undermining protection strategies. In addition, many business and security leaders feel constrained by a lack of support from senior management. Here are some of the key findings from the study of 147 IT security decision-makers from across North America.

This article was originally published on 2017-01-23
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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