Dave Barton is Chief Information Security Officer, Stellar Cyber. With over 20 years of security experience, he has served as CISO across several industries including telecommunications, healthcare, software development, finance and government.
The talent crisis is real. As an industry, we can’t wait years for a solution. The good news? Today, companies can use automation to help bridge the talent gap. Incorporating the automation of specific cyber tasks makes it possible to increase efficiency and productivity while maintaining a strong security posture. With the help of security automation, security teams can mitigate active threats, saving time and money.
Security teams today are under-staffed, over-worked, under-funded and struggling to stay abreast of the ever-changing threat landscape. Many security analysts work long hours poring over millions of security events to protect systems and fix vulnerabilities. Simply put, there is too much information and not enough analysts. Fortunately, humans are not the only answer for solving the cybersecurity crisis.
Both the government and the private sector are scrambling for talent. Thousands of information-security jobs are going unfilled as the industry in the U.S. struggles with a shortage of properly trained professionals. By one estimate, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.