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The hunt for the white hats: Where have all the security professionals gone?

According to a recent study, nearly 40% of security jobs are vacant. Why is that, and what can we do as an industry to help solve the problem?

Join us for this episode of Discover Performance Weekly as we take an extended look at issues raised in the Discover Performance article “Addressing the security talent gap.” According to a recent study, nearly 40% of security jobs are vacant. Why is that, and what can we do as an industry to help solve the problem?

HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller talks with:

  • Chris Veltsos, professor in the Deptartment of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University
  • Jacob West, CTO of HP Enterprise Security Products

Breaking down the discussion

In this episode, Paul, Chris, and Jacob discuss:

  • The lack of security professionals in the industry (1:30)
  • Addressing the “perception problem” when it comes to security professionals (2:40)
  • Undergraduate coursework: Information Security vs. Computer Science degrees (3:50)
  • How can we help? (5:05)
  • Partnership with academia to communicate needs better (5:45)
  • Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (5:55)
  • How the adversary thinks about recruiting security talent (7:20)

The “tips of the week” our guests offer include:
Jacob: Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (http://swsis.wordpress.com/)
Chris: The book Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
(http://heathbrothers.com/books/made-to-stick/)
Paul: Security Now  podcast (http://twit.tv/sn)

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