ISACA predicted that there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019.

Now today Tripwire details the biggest barriers to entry in the security jobs, and here is a quote from Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security firm High-Tech Bridge, providing his opinion on the matter.

Kolochenko, CEO at High-Tech Bridge:

Ilia Kolochenko“I think that the shortage of cybersecurity talents is highly exaggerated. However, the challenge of effective human resource usage in cybersecurity teams does exist. For example, today many companies have no clear and long-term cybersecurity strategy. They try and deploy new solutions and products almost every year, spending huge amount of money and human time on their implementation and configuration. At the same time, some critical risks are not being addressed at all and leave an open door for cybercriminals.

“I would estimate that in average at least 50% of time that cybersecurity teams spend on their daily tasks is wasted or used in a highly ineffective manner. We need to better plan, coordinate and manage our cybersecurity strategy and we will not face any human skills shortage. A well-designed cybersecurity strategy, once implemented, will require much less human skills to be securely maintained and reasonably expanded, than a strategy that fluctuates every year in an arbitrary direction following media hype.”

The study

ISACA predicted that there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019. In addition, for every ten cyber security job ads that appear on careers site Indeed, only seven people even click on one of the ads, let alone apply.  In light of this, Tripwire, a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, conducted a poll to find what the biggest barrier to entry is for people when pursuing a career in Infosecurity.

60% of respondents believed that a lack of experience was the main challenge facing those trying to seek employment within the industry. Only 20% felt that no certifications or a lack of industry education is the main issue with 11% answering that low salaries was the main deterrent. Anecdotal responses from the poll have revealed some hard truths about the struggles candidates face. Many believe the experience demands for entry level positions are unrealistic whereas some feel that additional certifications are becoming increasingly expensive to obtain.

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