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September 2013 Volume 15 / No. 7

Bridging the IT security skills gap

Dell SecureWorks' business relies on having top talent to run its security operation centers and threat analysis groups. As a managed security service provider in the business of filling the holes in its clients' defenses, the company needs a well-trained workforce. Yet, like most firms, SecureWorks is hounded by a dire scarcity of trained security professionals. The situation is so bad that for every 20 open security positions at the company, there is only one qualified candidate, said Jon Ramsey, the firm's chief technology officer. The company has pursued a number of strategies to improve its chances of gaining the right people, from aggressive recruiting tactics to in-house ‘farm teams' for developing talent, to partnerships with universities. On top of that, the company awards higher salaries to the right people, a necessary tactic that not every company can afford. "The people who need security professionals cannot find them," said Ramsey. "And if the company is not a security business, it is hard to justify paying a ...

Features in this issue

  • Firewalls play by new rules

    by  David Strom

    Modern firewalls offer greater application awareness and user controls. Protect your migration strategy with these tips from the pros.

  • Beyond the Page: Next-generation firewalls

    by  SearchSecurity.com Staff

    This month's special online multimedia supplement to Information Security magazine details the advanced new features of next-generation firewalls and how to make the most of them.

  • Bridging the IT security skills gap

    by  Robert Lemos

    While poaching security talent may plug short-term gaps, outreach and education will solve the long-term shortfall in IT security professionals.

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