Cybersecurity Talent Crisis Threatens Businesses, Governments

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A global cybersecurity talent crisis is threatening both the public and private sectors, a new report released on Wednesday has found, leaving businesses and countries more vulnerable to attackers.

The new study, “Hacking the Skills Shortage” by Intel Security and CSIS, surveyed eight countries — Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States — and reveals there is a widespread shortfall in the cybersecurity workforce. A whopping 82 percent of IT professionals said there is a shortage of cybersecurity skills, and 71 percent said the talent shortfall “does direct and measurable damage” to their organization’s security networks.

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