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How to close the security skills gap: 40% vacancy in information security roles


Forty percent of security postions are currently vacant.  In this episode our expert panel discusses how this happened and what we can do to fill that gap and recruit new talent to the industry.


HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), sits down with Montana Williams, Chief of the National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch at the Department of Homeland Security, and author and CTO of HP’s Enterprise Security Products, Jacob West (@sfjacob).  The trio tackle the growing need for cyber security professionals in the technology industry.


In this episode, Paul, Montana and Jacob discuss topics like:


- Department of Homeland Security in cyber security (0:50)

- 40% job vacancy in the security industry, 50% among managerial roles of the same (2:30)

- “Conscious incompetence” about the need for more security talent (3:15)

- Protecting information from home to business (5:00)

- Raising awareness across the board in technology (6:30)

- Security as an afterthought (8:00)  

- Security as a trust chain (9:00)

- Creating a sense of urgency for business leaders and boardroom (11:45)

- Security events and incidents will drive risk management value (14:20)


Tip of the week (16:20)

- National Initiative for Cyberecurity Education –

- Harvard Business Review –


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James Turner

Great interview Paul. Can you share the source of the 40% statistic? 


Hi James, I apologize for the delay in my response.  I didn't see the comment.  


The stat came from this report from the Ponemon Insitute:

Understaffed and at Risk: Today’s IT security department

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