Our Kids Are the Future of Security

The United Kingdom, like every nation these days it seems, really needs to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals they hire in both the private and public sectors. Information systems are at grave risk due to not enough skilled professionals working in security positions.

According to analysts from Frost & Sullivan, there may be 1.5 million job vacancies in UK IT security roles by 2020.

Yet, the very notion of an epidemic cybersecurity “skills gap” is to some nothing but a buzzword. Robert Walker described my feelings effectively in a recent blog post:

“…Stop complaining to your boss that you can’t find anyone who is qualified. Instead, look in the mirror, talk with your HR department, and set your expectations in line with where the best talent actually is… and show up at DEFCON to recruit,” Walker writes.

“The best candidates are there, and if you’re not there making the best offers, today’s overlooked talent (which isn’t exclusively junior) will become tomorrow’s data breach.”

Organizations should definitely be a lot more open minded about who they consider for security positions. They should also be willing to spend time and money on training instead of insisting on finding “unicorn” candidates according to rigid and unforgiving criteria.

Either way, some of the 21st century’s brightest cybersecurity talent currently requires parental permission to play Overwatch on their PS4s. That’s right, they’re still kids!

The UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is ready to invest in their potential as future information security professionals, and I think that’s a great idea. Their Cyber Discovery program, aimed at 10 to 13-year-olds, will be delivered with the help of SANS Institute, BT, Cyber Security Challenge UK, and FutureLearn.

The Department’s Karen Bradley said:

“Cyber Discovery will help inspire the (Read more...)

This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Kim Crawley. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog