Cybersecurity PTSD

According to ESG research, 51% of organizations report having a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills in 2018. This is up from 45% in 2017. The cybersecurity skills shortage has multiple implications. Organizations don’t have the right sized teams and operate in a perpetually understaffed mode. Often, the cybersecurity team lacks some advanced skills in areas like security analytics, forensic investigations, or cloud computing...

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Cybersecurity, Business, and IT Relationships

As the old adage states: People are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. This is a problem because strong cybersecurity depends upon both individual skills and organizational collaboration between cybersecurity, business, and IT groups. To use another analogy, cybersecurity is a team sport. If the cybersecurity team doesn’t communicate and collaborate well with other groups within an organization, it will be difficult if not...

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The Way We Work Isn’t Working
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The Way We Work Isn’t Working

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein Making change work …while the work keeps changing is a complex task, and IT keeps on complicating things. With trends like Big Data analysis, cloud, the Internet of Things, software-defined-everything, mobile first and a cybersecurity threat environment that just keeps growing, it’s not about staying on top of change. Increasingly...

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More Alarming Data on the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

ESG recently published a new research report on network security titled Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing. Within this project, ESG asked 397 security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) to rate their security teams in a number of network security areas. Once again the data points to a pretty substantial skills gap: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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IBM’s Watson Analytics: Addressing the … Skills Shortage

About four years ago, after attending IBM’s Information on Demand conference in Las Vegas, I praised the company for making huge investments in analytics software and related infrastructure – but I also wondered “where are all the data scientist skills coming from?” I got my answer last week at an IBM event in New York City when the company announced a new, highly integrated cloud environment called “Watson Analytics”. This...

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