Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

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Pumpkins, football, and cooler weather are three big indicators that it’s officially October. But, the most near and dear benchmark to my heart is that it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM 2018). In its 15th year, NCASM is as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. At Carbon Black, we are committed to providing a community of focused collaboration to ensure we have a safer, more secure environment for all.

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, cybersecurity has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ve held numerous positions in the cybersecurity sector ranging from technical to executive in commercial and business roles. This is why I’m honored to kick off this momentous month with our efforts to bring awareness to a huge issue in the industry: the cybersecurity skills gap.

In light of the month-long holiday, I wanted to share my perspective and key learnings after 20 years in the industry. I recently conducted an interview with the editors of the Carbon Black blog:

What do you wish you knew when you first started your career in cybersecurity?

Early in my career I thought cybersecurity was a technical issue, so I mostly focused my attention on the technical risks and controls. However, cybersecurity is really all about risk management, falling under the umbrella of holistic business risk. Once I developed a keen understanding and appreciation for this, my outlook on the risks and how to manage them completely, yet appropriately, changed. In addition, my language changed. When referring to risks, I was able to more accurately have discussions with the entire business.

What is the top trend you predict will impact the cybersecurity industry in the next year?

The information skills shortage will continue to play the biggest role in challenges security teams face this year. With a growing threat landscape and increasing number of sophisticated actors, security operations and incident response teams will be pressured to become much more effective with similar investments. Technology has a big part to play. With unfiltered data,  streaming analytics, and a market-leading security platform, the Cb Predictive Security Cloud, Carbon Black is making the lives of these security teams easier. We’re giving these teams a complete view of their enterprises so they can immediately see, and stop, emerging attacks.

How important is collaboration among defenders in cybersecurity?

Cyber threat actors constantly collaborate; in fact,  a whole supply chain exists across the cyber underground of domain specialists that collaborate together to pull off cybercrimes. Collaborating across the industry enables us to learn rapidly from new attack techniques we see in the wild, as well as share mitigation strategies. Attackers are constantly sharing information. Defenders should be doing the same.

What’s one thing you think companies can do to help close the cybersecurity skills gap?

As mentioned above, technology has a big part to play, especially when it comes to Security Operations, Threat Detection and Incident Response.Threat Detection & IR technologies that leverage analytics can automate detection and response activities across large amounts of events, every second. As a result, SOC and IR teams have more time to focus on investigations and response to actual threats rather than filtering through alerts.

At what level of of education should cyber security training be introduced? Why?

It’s important to first note that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. We need to educate this domain as early as possible in standard school curriculums. The threat landscape is only going to become more sophisticated  and our people are the last line of defense. Education is absolutely key to ensuring our people understand the risks and have the appropriate skills to help defend our organizations from these risks.

Which industries do you think do the best job recruiting, retaining and mentoring cyber security talent? Can other industries learn from that?

The skills shortage is extremely real and, based on demand, is a tough hill to climb. However, we can look to other industries for advice. External recruitment and internal development strategy are two activities that do a great job of recruiting and scaling their teams. They assemble core experienced teams from industry peers and partner with higher education institutions to develop a continuous flow of junior talent that is ready to be nurtured and developed into skilled teams.

What are you looking forward to most at Cb Connect?

The thing I look forward to most at Cb Connect each year is to interact with and hear feedback from our partners and customers. At Carbon Black, we are very lucky to have such a passionate ecosystem that  vastly benefits from our technology and our data. Cb Connect acts as a forum for these customers and partners to share their experiences. Since the Carbon Black platform is extensible and open, partners and customers are able to develop custom solutions on top of our API or integrate into their existing technologies.. I love hearing the stories about how these integrations are playing out in the real world.


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