Experts React to New Report That Identifies Challenges
For the fifth consecutive year, the supply of those with cybersecurity skills is far too low to meet the demand, according to a report by the Information Systems Security Association and industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group.
The report, titled The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2021, is based on a global survey of 489 cybersecurity and IT professionals. It found that 57% of organizations are affected by the global cybersecurity skills shortage, and 76% find that hiring and recruiting cybersecurity professionals is difficult.
A Dark Picture “I would posit that the picture is bleaker than this report suggests. Specifically, the need is growing,” says Frank Downs, a former U.S. National Security Agency offensive analyst who is now senior director of proactive services at BlueVoyant.
Mike Hamilton, the former CISO for Seattle, also says the situation is worse than what is portrayed in the report.
“In fact, this report does not address an outstanding and somewhat glaring problem: Many of the applicants for cyber positions are unqualified,” says Hamilton, who is the founder and CISO at CI Security.
Insufficient Salaries Insufficient salary levels are the primary contributing factor for the lack of staff members with cybersecurity skills, according to 38% of those surveyed.
“Being offered a higher compensation package is the main reason CISOs leave one organization for another,” the report states.