The End of the Cybersecurity Skills Crisis (Maybe?)

The End of the Cybersecurity Skills Crisis (Maybe?)

In just 4 years, you can learn to be fluent in Mandarin.

In 2 years, NASA can get you through astronaut training.

But the cybersecurity skills gap? It's dire and dead-stuck in its fifth straight year of zero progress.

Globally, 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled, and of those candidates who do apply for open jobs, only 25% are qualified. Industry news and conferences are full of hot takes about XDR and how it will change everything in, say, another 5 years. The question is, who has that kind of time?

And don't count on artificial intelligence to save the day: While it will be used to combat attacks with something like a “digital immune system,” the bad guys will use AI to enable attacks, too. We'll always need humans and machines to collaborate, each doing what they do best.

Why the answer can't be (and isn't) another 5 years away

You know digital transformation and cloud migration are straining traditional security tools. Most enterprises are cobbling together a (sort of) full picture, running an average of 45 different cybersecurity-related tools on their networks. Most have arduous deployments, long ramp-ups, and heavy configurations. When all that's done, they're still tracking multiple threat intelligence feeds, drowning in alerts, and processing them manually. (ISC)2 is piloting a new, entry-level cybersecurity certification for fresh talent. Can anyone really train for all that?

But right now, today, a number of Rapid7 customers are achieving XDR efficiency and outc ..

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