5 Ways a CISO can Tackle the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Now

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Every CISO knows that finding skilled security staff these days is not only hard but getting harder. The number of organizations reporting a cybersecurity skills shortage has risen every year from 42% in 2015 to 53% last year. Estimates suggest this will translate into a shortfall of around 2 million unfilled cybersecurity positions in 2019, rising to 3.5 million by 2021.

There’s no shortage of people talking about the problem either, with increasing demands for more co-operation between universities, private organizations and government to boost training opportunities and encourage more diverse applicants into the field. But if your organization is facing a shortage problem today, you can’t wait for a talent pipeline to emerge in 3 or 5 years time. What practical steps can you take now?

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