It is no secret that there is a shortage of talented cybersecurity professionals in the US. As posted in the news, this issue is worse than a skills shortage, it’s a critical gap. As an article at thehill.com states: “We don’t have the workforce needed to address the challenges before us.”
The article goes on to further sum up the concern: “There are simply an inefficient number of qualified, skilled professionals available to do what’s needed to protect organizations and consumers.”
The problem becomes clear when organizations attempt to hire cybersecurity professionals. Many applicants don’t have the necessary skills for the open positions, which means it can take months to hire someone, while a short-staffed security team is trying to safeguard data and critical infrastructure.
SANS Institute is doing its part to help professionals launch cybersecurity careers and also assist companies and organizations to obtain the talent. This resource is available for employers: https://www.sans.org/cybertalent/
This week, on May 14, SANS is also hosting SANS CyberTalent Fair, a two-day, online meeting place for top cybersecurity employers and jobseekers in the US. According to the event website, “More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the US are unfilled.”
MIT is hiring cybersecurity professions to work in Information Systems & Technology. See the MIT Careers website. Contract positions for IT Risk & Security Engineers are also available. For a job description, please contact Harry Hoffman.