Bridging the Security Skills Gap

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 30, 2018

The practitioners responsible for building and operating security teams for the organizations have recently delved into the aspect of the current security skills gap. This involves everything from the staffing methods, cultivating and developing in-house workforces, conducting training sessions, to the operational controls and other parts of their security programs.

The fact that the skills gap exists and is being continuously measured by numerous third-party entities allows organizations to use the measurements to compare a team's performance based on objectives and organization-agnostic benchmarks.

Keeping Track of the Market

An important aspect here is that both types of information can be useful to organizations. In order to plan an effective plan, understanding the broader trend is essential. For example, understanding the challenge of having staff with certain technical skills can allow organizations to invest in strategies to maintain talent they already possess in order to minimize the attrition rate.

In addition, this kind of knowledge can prompt companies to invest in strategies that enable them to creatively cultivate new team members through internships, externships, and other avenues, or invest in some process automation technology.

While the marketplace is replete with multitudes of viable options, selecting the right solution is dependent on having insights into the latest trends.

Taking the Next Step

Organizations can leverage several learnings that can be helpful in the future:

Utilizing trending information can be extremely valuable. It can assist organizations to have the ability to correlate measures they implement to specific goals and outcomes. On the other hand, it’s better to have less specificity in terms of measuring the value from the data.

Leveraging this existing data can uncover useful data points, which can help security leaders build the best teams. Additionally, it can help them retain the resources that have proven so difficult to replace. 

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