[ISN] Cybersecurity hiring crisis: Rockstars, anger and the billion dollar problem

http://www.zdnet.com/cybersecurity-hiring-crisis-rockstars-anger-and-the-billion-dollar-problem-7000032924/ By Violet Blue for Zero Day ZDNet News August 26, 2014 At no time in history has there been a greater need to hire security professionals to protect and defend infrastructures from an inexhaustible onslaught of organized crime, industrial espionage, and nation-state attacks. A small talent pool, an inflated wage bubble and the high tensions of a virulent attack landscape have made cybersecurity’s hiring crisis the “billion dollar” problem. Richard Bejtlich, the Chief Security Strategist at FireEye said, “The prevalence of breaches is driving the creation of incident response teams, often from the ground up.” With Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report projecting a global cybersecurity jobs shortage starting at 500,000 and domestically at least 30,000, the situation has become what James Arlen at Leviathan Security Group calls “literally the billion dollar question.” That’s more truth than jest: the current state of infosec’s tight talent pool means that its hiring challenges come with inflated price tags