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Shortages in IT security specialists fail to meet demand

Monday, October 14, 2013

The demand for IT security specialists has outpaced supply, with a lack of skilled technicians preventing businesses and governments from effectively securing services against cyber threats.

The limited talent has created a bidding war as companies seek to attract talent, with private enterprises able to poach skilled staff away from public sector departments.

Colonel Gregory Conti, head of the cyber Security Department at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, said: “We are at the very beginning of this process and we are building it brick by brick”, adding that it would be, “a process of several decades getting the right people and structures.”

Major security and technology companies have all moved to undertake recruitment programs, with Google, Lockheed Martin and BAE systems all looking to increase their cyber protection talent pool, with this trend being seen all over the world including Russia and China, as countries seek to take the edge in cyber technology.

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