Addressing the IT Skills Gap Part V: Deepening the Talent Pool

In order to strengthen the average talent in the cybersecurity labor market, we first need to address a major problem that faces the cybersecurity sector. Cybersecurity as a career field is overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly Caucasian. In fact, according to a recent article from bankinfosecurityt.com citing government statistics, “Whites, who account for about 80 percent of the American workforce, make up 70 percent of the IT security workforce. About 7…

Addressing the IT Skills Gap Part IV: Utilizing Managed Security Services

By Jeremy Wittkop, InteliSecure CTO My previous posts have touched on hiring and cultivating talent as two of the three main strategies organizations can employ to build their cybersecurity team. Hiring well is difficult and time consuming even when cybersecurity hiring is your primary responsibility and when your business is cybersecurity. However, most people hiring cybersecurity professionals are in the business of doing something else, which makes the task of…

Cultivating & Retaining Team Members | Addressing the IT Skills Gap Part 3

By Jeremy Wittkop, InteliSecure CTO For many large organizations, there are people on the inside who possess both the technical skill and the willingness to learn to become cybersecurity professionals. In order to effectively pursue this strategy, it is key to ensure that there are enough qualified and experienced team members on staff to mentor the newer professionals being groomed to fill out the team. Therefore, if you choose this…

Hiring Top Cybersecurity Talent | Addressing the IT Skills Gap Part 2

By Jeremy Wittkop, InteliSecure CTO “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.”  – Steve Jobs The first instinct of many executives is that they want to hire the talent they need in all aspects of their business. This approach gives the organization maximum flexibility and control with respect to those resources, but it comes at a…

Current State of Cybersecurity | Addressing the IT Skills Gap Part 1

By Jeremy Wittkop, InteliSecure CTO People, process, and technology. Where do we turn when it is the people side of the equation we most need to address? An increasing number of organizations are asking this question as the shortage of cybersecurity talent continues to become more dire. There are more threats evolving every day and it seems there are legions of cyberattackers ranging from divisions of cyber militaries on the…