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Where are all the government infosec professionals?

March 2, 2019 by Jeff Peters

On this episode of the CyberSpeak with InfoSec Institute podcast, Gregory Garrett, head of U.S. and international cybersecurity for BDO, discusses a topic that’s a big part of InfoSec Institute’s initiative in the coming years — finding new and innovative ways to close the cybersecurity skills gap, particularly within the U.S. government and military.

In the podcast, Garrett and host Chris Sienko discuss:

– What is the biggest cause of the skills gap? (1:15)
– Is the government cyber skills gap due to lack of pay for specialized, high-end security professionals? (4:50)
– Do you think these financial shortfalls can be solved by re-allocating budgets to fill in the gaps? (6:35)
– What are your thoughts on the theory that the skills gap doesn’t really exist, but is more of a training gap? (8:00)
– Is the technology moving so fast that people can’t keep up? (9:25)
– How do you assess both the real skills gap in your organization and the actual skill level of your staff and job applicants? (10:45)
– When transitioning technology, what steps can you take in advance to prevent job loss and downtime? (12:35)
– How will the move towards outsourcing security impact the short- and long-term skill set issues we’ve been discussing? (15:45)
– What impact has the recent government shutdown had on the issue of the skill gap? (19:15)
– Is the skills gap at the government and military level something that could be solved through legislative action, or does it go deeper than that? (22:35)
– If you had a magic wand to solve the skills gap once and for all, what actions would you take? (23:35)

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Posted: March 2, 2019
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