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Cyber Labor Shortage Not What it Seems, Experts Say
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:37:27 +0000 (UTC)
By Stew Magnuson
Businesses and government agencies are engaged in a dogfight over cyber
security talent, or so the conventional thinking goes. The shortage of
qualified cyber security personnel continues to cause hand-wringing inside
That is mostly still true, but the situation is more nuanced, said Alan
Paller, co-founder of the CyberAces nonprofit, who also chaired a
Department of Homeland Security task force on cyber job vacancies.
“There is no shortage of people who can talk and write about cyber
security,” he said in an interview. “The shortage is in the people who
actually have the hands-on skills to quickly find the infections, get rid
of them and do good incident handling. Those skills are very rare.”
U.S. universities are cranking out plenty of graduates with cyber security
related degrees, but they have mostly studied policy, he said. Many of
those graduates aren’t getting good jobs. Faculty members don’t have
real-world skills, so they are not teaching how to perform complicated
tasks such as application penetration testing, advanced memory forensics
or wireless hacker exploit development.
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- Cyber Labor Shortage Not What it Seems, Experts Say InfoSec News (Jul 16)