Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage

In a recent article published on the Harvard Business Review website titled “Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage. Here’s How to Fix It,” author Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager of IBM Security, challenges the cybersecurity industry to get rid of the tunnel vision they have when looking for new talent. He argues that they shouldn’t be “limiting security positions to people with four-year degrees in computer science when we desperately need varied skills across so many different industries…”

And soon, it will be a necessity. “A report from Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)2 found that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2020.” And with the booming cybercrime business (which brings in an estimated $445 billion, that’s billion with a “B”) not showing any signs of slowing down, cybersecurity businesses are going to need all the qualified help they can get.

Van Zadelhoff talks about how IBM is addressing the talent shortage by creating “new collar” jobs, that prioritize “skills, knowledge, willingness to learn,” and past professional experience in other fields. Instead of looking for specific degrees, IBM is looking for specific personality traits, such as “unbridled curiosity, passion for problem-solving, strong ethics, and an understanding of risks.”

Read the full article on the Harvard Business Review’s website.

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