Cybersecurity Skills Gap: It’s Big and It’s Bad for Security (We Live Security)


The cybersecurity skills gap, defined as a shortage of qualified people needed to fill open positions in IT security, is a phenomenon that I have researched quite extensively this year, and with good reason. You may have seen this recent headline:

“Donald Trump Advised to Train 100,000 Hackers to Protect the US”

I don’t like the way that headline was worded, but I’m in agreement with the underlying point: the US President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has strongly recommended that the country “should increase … efforts on training security experts that would work for the country and not leave for the private sector, which has become a dramatic problem in the last few years” (Softpedia). And you may have seen other headlines, like this one from Forbes at the start of this year: “One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016”. This is a problem that is negatively impacting governments, companies, non-profits, and even consumers (inadequate IT security staffing can lead to data breaches that expose your information).