I’ve written a lot about the cybersecurity skills shortage lately based upon data from a new research report titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals, a collaborative effort done by ESG and the information systems security association (ISSA). The report indicates that:
In aggregate, many organizations don’t have enough cybersecurity staff and lack some (or many) advanced skills.
The research revealed another disturbing trend around cybersecurity training. Much like the state of healthcare and medicine, cybersecurity changes all the time based upon hackers’ tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), new technologies, etc. Consequently, continuous education is essential.
Cybersecurity professionals agree with this requirement. According to the ESG/ISSA research, 96 percent of cybersecurity professionals strongly agree or agree that they must keep up with their skills or the organizations they work for will be at a significant disadvantage against today’s cyber-threats.
Clearly, cybersecurity pros should keep their skills up to date through continuous education and training, but unfortunately, the research also indicates this isn’t happening:
Allow me to summarize this data for emphasis: Most cybersecurity pros are too busy to keep up with training on their own. Employers aren’t helping — most aren’t supporting the cybersecurity staff with an adequate level of training.
This is a disturbing situation that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. CISOs must:
Note that the ESG/ISSA research report is available for free download here. Your feedback is welcome.
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