Cyber Security Professionals – What Does the Talent Shortage Mean for IT Security

Do you ever wonder why you pay Cyber Security Professionals only to find that your systems are not compliant, or worse, have been compromised?

An article by Mike Lloyd and featured in Forbes entitled Negative Unemployment: That Giant Sucking Sound In Security hits the nail on the head.

“Businesses everywhere are facing the fact: the security talent pool is dry. I spoke to a manager recently who had hired a security analyst after eight months of searching. Each month he had reduced the requirements and increased the salary. Needless to say, in the end, he was getting less than he wanted for a lot more money. If you are a security professional, this seems great – we have one of the few jobs that are not about to be replaced with automation, and there’s no end in sight to the skills shortage.”

At CourseVector, we take security seriously and maintain several contracts based solely on security. We apply that knowledge and expertise to all of our systems, including our public facing websites, eCommerce, backup solutions, etc. We can state with certainty, that finding Cyber Security Professionals, especially those with experience, is a huge headache and next to impossible. Further, good cyber security professionals can write their own tickets with very large internet based companies, leaving the small to mid-sized businesses with leftovers.

It is a sad state of affairs when the bad guys are better trained and better equipped than most of the security consultants paid to stop them. There is no easy solution, but the future should be interesting, at the very least.

Read the rest of Mike Lloyd’s article for more on what the talent shortage means for the security industry.

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