On this episode of the Cyber Work podcast, Kelly Sheridan, reporter and staff editor for Dark Reading, discusses her extensive research and reporting on the cybersecurity skills gap and offers suggestions for employers and would-be cybersecurity experts to help close the gap.

In the podcast, Sheridan and host Chris Sienko discuss:

– When did you first get interested in tech and security? (1:35)
– What is a normal day like at Dark Reading? How do you decide what stories are a priority and what needs to be written like breaking news? (2:40)
– Do reporters covering cybersecurity need a certain baseline of technical skills or knowledge to accurately report on issues within the industry? (5:35)
– It seems like people recognize the skills gap issue, but feel helpless to do anything about it. Why is that? (8:10)
– Why are there so few cybersecurity professionals to fill these high-level positions? (11:25)
– Does the cybersecurity industry have a marketing problem when it comes to attracting diverse candidates? (14:20)
– Will cloud security remain a hot topic for infosec professionals? (17:30)
– Are the qualified candidates out there but companies are not looking in the right place? (19:20)
– Is the technology moving too fast for people to keep their skills fresh? (22:50)
– What can companies to better find and retain top cybersecurity talent? (25:40)
– If you were advising someone beginning in cybersecurity, what would you tell them? (27:35)
– How can you prevent HR departments from chasing after “unicorn” candidates? (30:25)
– What do you think will be the most important cybersecurity story this year? (33:15)
– What is your proudest moment as a writer for Dark Reading? (34:25)

Additional Resources

Download our report, “3 steps employers can take to close the skills gap”: https://infosecinstitute.com/2019-industry-report

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About the Cyber Work Podcast

Knowledge is your best defense against cybercrime. Each week on Cyber Work, host Chris Sienko sits down with a new industry thought leader to discuss the latest cybersecurity trends — and how those trends are affecting the work of infosec professionals. Together we’ll empower everyone with the knowledge to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.