Best Practice Report

Reverse Cybersecurity’s Self-Inflicted Staffing Shortage

Adopt More Realistic Expectations And More Effective Hiring Practices

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