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The Skills Gap Is an “Entry-Level” Problem

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There is much consternation and many dismal proclamations from think tanks all the way to Twitter eggs decrying the shortage of skilled information security workers. The skills gap does exist, but it isn’t a singular chasm. It’s a series of rifts and valleys, each with different characteristics. Beyond acknowledging the gap, we need to survey its topography if we are to create a plan to close it.

There is definitely a shortage of talent in many areas of information security. Defined roles for ICS and SCADA security professionals are an emerging field. Highly skilled malware reverse engineers are a sought-after commodity. Cloud Security Architects that can secure vastly expanding micro-services and APIs are in short supply. Top tier penetration testers that can build testing tools are rare. There is no doubt this type of skill is uncommon.

The skills gap was not created by just a lack of proficient security professionals. A growing acknowledgement that all systems require...(continued)

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