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Building a Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline One Coding Challenge at a Time
Like many technology companies, Webroot is constantly on the hunt for a diverse pool of engineering and technical cybersecurity talent. According to Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst with Enterprise Security Group, a cybersecurity skills deficit holds the top position for problematic skills in ESG’s annual survey of IT professionals. In fact, the percentage of organizations reporting this problem has jumped more than 10 percent in just three years. Here are the results from the last 4 years’ surveys: 2018-2019: 53% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. 2017-2018: 51% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. 2016-2017: 45% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. 2015-2016: 42% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. The time has come for the private sector to take action to help develop the talent pipeline. Start with real-world simulations. At Webroot, this need for more cybersecurity talent sprouted a partnership with the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, which hasculminated in an annual Coding Challenge.
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