Number 1 threat to internet security? An InfoSec skills shortage

By The News Desk|19 December 2016

Rather than the problem of identifying cyberattack, itself a constant and escalating threat to business continuity, perhaps the biggest risk that Internet security faces is the general inability to counter such attacks due to shortage of skilled InfoSec workers.

Engineers are needed with secure development skills, and researchers with acute technical security skills, mixed with hands-on defender experience. Defenders in turn need staff with enough security landscape knowledge that can be turned to the tools and products their organisation uses to defend themselves.

They also need more highly skilled and experienced security professionals to analyse new threats and instigate the appropriate corporate responses.

This article discusses three core solutions: automation and AI; closing the skills gap, especially  between academia and business; and encouraging more women to join the InfoSec community.

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