Why a skills shortage is one of the biggest security challenges for companies

Almost every company building an application needs to secure it, and yet all of them face an enormous constraint: talent. 

Security requires a highly specialized skill set, which is in extreme shortage and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. There are several reasons for this skills shortage, ranging from limitations in formal education to misperceptions about what a career in security even entails. 

Your company can’t have adequate security without skilled individuals making it happen, so what can you do to build the right security team?

By understanding the talent shortage, you can anticipate what to do about it. 

Education is a security bottleneck

The first cause behind the security-talent shortage is education and experience opportunities. Formal education isn’t (yet) optimized to create enough security talent. 

Many ethical hackers come out of computer science degree programs, yet most programs treat security as an area of interest, rather than a core discipline. Security-specific degree programs are popping up, but there still aren’t enough of them to produce enough skilled security professionals, let alone at the level of expertise that’s needed.

Furthermore, security requires extensive, real-world experience outside of the classroom, too. Most security degree programs teach the fundamentals, but

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