The cybersecurity skills gap is well known, with security teams struggling to keep up with the volume of threats while recruiting and retaining staff. While automation and other digital technologies can bridge the gap to an extent, we still need human expertise. The question is: What’s the best way to close the skills gap?
This article examines whether there is a need for more formalised education in cybersecurity. The article cites research by ethical hacker platform HackerOne that claims 58 per cent of hackers are self-taught, with just five per cent learning the skills in the classroom. The research also found just 42 per cent of undergraduate computer science courses offer three or more courses specific to cybersecurity.
The article goes on to say there is value in formalising cybersecurity education, but that it shouldn’t be confined to computer science courses, with a greater prioritisation of cybersecurity in wider society needed.
While there are a number of avenues to explore in terms of closing the skills gap, more clearly needs to be done. But while the gap remains, technology will have to hold the fort for some time yet.
Whether a person desires to be a white hat hacker or a security analyst, there are so many different paths one can travel to learn, earn and advance in a cybersecurity career. “As a society we have to accommodate the various personalities we find. We should let humans learn the way they learn best, and we should not limit or discriminate in any way because we need to bring this education to millions of people,” said HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos.