Reverse Cybersecurity’s Self-Inflicted Staffing Shortage

Adopt More Realistic Expectations And More Effective Hiring Practices

August 2nd, 2021
With contributors:
Laura Koetzle, Elsa Pikulik, Claire O'Malley, Peggy Dostie


Every day, news stories, speeches, and vendor pitches lament our acute cybersecurity talent shortage, one that will take years to address. However, the shortage is largely self-inflicted, which means that CISOs can tackle it quickly by changing how they recruit, train, and retain people. CISOs want and need a team with competence in cybersecurity, but this can lead to missteps when seeking out these professionals. This report dissects the myths, misconceptions, and half-truths about cybersecurity staffing and outlines a more effective strategy for security leaders to develop a complete, competent security team.

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