Hands-On Skillz, not Degrees, Is What’s Needed

Hands-Computer-Keyboard-2345683I really liked this discussion in this article that emphasizes the development of hands-on skills and training from within to solve our “higher functional” labor shortage rather than the traditional approach of churning out more people with cyber security degrees who can just talk and write security. We have the bottom rung well covered and what is needed for the near future are mid-career professionals with the hands-on skills and mindset to solve the onslaught of the infections and attacks we face. So unless your goal is set on achieving some level of management or policy position, invest in developing hands-on skills in the many disciplines of IT.

via NationalDefenseMagazine.org

Businesses and government agencies are engaged in a dogfight over cyber security talent, or so the conventional thinking goes. The shortage of qualified cyber security personnel continues to cause hand-wringing inside the beltway. That is mostly still true, but the situation is more nuanced, said Alan Paller, co-founder of the CyberAces nonprofit, who also chaired a Department of Homeland Security task force on cyber job vacancies. “There is no shortage of people who can talk and write about cyber security,” he said in an interview. “The shortage is in the people who actually have the hands-on skills to quickly find the infections, get rid of them and do good incident handling. Those skills are very rare.”

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