Cybersecurity has a huge skills gap! Will you be part of the problem or the solution?

ISC(2) Estimates a global cyber security workforce shortage of 1.5 million jobs over the next five years.

When I reported to basic combat training April 22, 2002 the screaming drill sergeants made one thing clear, we were all the scum of the earth! Anything that identified us as individuals was taken from us. The only items that remained on our Battle Dress Uniforms were last name and U.S. Army.  Over the days and weeks to come the skills they taught us served a common purpose, we had to be able to kill and wage war. This is where I first became acquainted with the phrase “everyone is an infantrymen”.

The core business process of the Army is to kill and wage war. Drill Sergeant was charged with creating Soldiers that were killers regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). While most of us would not go on to serve in the infantry we had to know that basics that would keep us alive on the battlefield.

Today, businesses are faced with many challenges and leaders are tasked with identifying and solving these problems. One of the most formidable challenges for any business regardless of size is cyber security. In 2015, ISC2 estimated a global cyber security workforce shortage of 1.5 million over fiver years. Steve Morgan estimates 209,000 security jobs are unfilled while postings have increased 74 percent over the last five years.

Click here to read the rest of TJ Trent’s opinion piece published on the CSO for IDG website.

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