To Narrow the Cyber Skills Gap with Attackers, Cut the Red Tape

To Narrow the Cyber Skills Gap with Attackers, Cut the Red Tape
Attackers are getting further ahead, and entrenched corporate rules shoulder much of the blame.

In recent years, the cyber skills gap between attackers and defenders has widened. Corporate security teams — their hands tied by budget constraints, box-ticking exercises, internal politics, and outdated training — are struggling to catch up. More than half of organizations now consider the shortage of adequately trained cybersecurity professionals to be a major problem.


Attackers, on the other hand, have no such problem. Unfettered by corporate issues, they operate in the type of purist environment in which technical talent thrives. They "learn by doing" — continually coming up with creative ideas to solve a problem, rewarding curiosity and perseverance, and encouraging innovation. Because of this, they remain steadfastly in the lead. While many companies talk about a need to address the cyber skills ..