Competition for top cybersecurity talent is fierce


Leadership Careers: Competition for Top Cybersecurity Talent is Fierce

This week on cybersecurity from the editors of Cybercrime Magazine

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Sausalito, California – February 16, 2024

The scale and complexity of the cybercrime problem means that there are enormous opportunities for professionals interested in developing leadership careers in cybersecurity.

Dallas Business Journal reports that there was 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide in 2023, according to a study by Cybersecurity Ventures. More than 750,000 of these jobs were in the United States, and forecasts predict that this gap will persist at least until 2025.

Competition to attract the best talent is fierce,Robert Anderson Jr., president and CEO of Dallas-based cybersecurity consultancy Cyber ​​Defense Labs, said. He advises people starting out in the field to focus on obtaining a basic level of education and then gaining several years of practical experience in a specific field.

“You need a good set of basic skills, then you have to get your hands dirty,Added Anderson. “And that doesn’t mean becoming a manager. It means coming in and working hard for a few years. The rest will take care of itself.”

Anderson has his own experience in cybersecurity. He led the FBI’s response to the Sony Pictures breach as the bureau’s No. 3 official. Nearly a decade later, Anderson continues to fight cybercriminals – today, those in the private sector. He retired as executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch in late 2015.

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