The Education Sector Continues to Struggle But Is It Because Of The Talent Gap?
Every single day and almost every single article I read about the challenges in cyber security is because there is a talent shortage! Even though I would like to, I won’t spend this particular blog talking about how many highly qualified minority and women professionals that I know personally in cyber that have problems finding jobs. Heck, even I have had trouble finding the appropriate job fit for me in this field!
However, what I want to talk about is this statement. “[t]here simply aren’t enough qualified cybersecurity professionals to help protect schools. On top of that, many schools don’t have enough money to even higher a cybersecurity administrator or to invest in new software or network infrastructure to improve cybersecurity.”
I read that and I paused and said to myself is it that there is a talent shortage, or is there a lack of funding to create an effective cyber security program? It would seem to me if you don't have the money to hire talent, you will never find any talent, shortage or not. No one does this job for free!
However, one of the more creative solutions, as mentioned, “two small colleges in Pennsylvania have been sharing a chief information security officer since 2013 in an effort to improve cybersecurity and cut costs.” This might work. If two (or more) schools pool their money together they can now afford to get someone to come in and create cyber security program for their schools. Of course, no two schools are the same, however, they look alike, in the sense that the threat actors targeting them are the same, the challenges with students are the same, and the data that needs to be protected is the same. It’s time for us to start thinking creatively and logically about how to solve the problem instead of the knee-jerk response of blaming it on the talent shortage!