How can we most efficiently solve a labor shortage in Cybersecurity? We can’t hire robots(Lely Vector) like in Dairy farms:
Where automation replaced jobs that were not being filled by mostly immigrant labor(80%).
Don’t get me wrong we should automate as much as possible, since that will help with our IT security positions. Definitely use scripting and automated techniques in our vulnerability scanning. But at some point the logs need to be checked or an email sent to investigate a potential problem (this may have done Target breach in)
At some point a human has to receive the alert or review the log that was automatically generated,
There are many articles out that discuss the IT security labor shortage.
Networkworld.com has the story:
This story discusses an aspect of IT security which is the endpoint labor shortage, and it is not even the high risk incidents but the following:
“ When asked to identify their top endpoint security challenges, 38% of enterprise security professionals stated that their organization’s endpoint security staff spends too much time attending to high-priority issues and not enough time on process improvement and strategic planning.”
So even in critical fix environments many organizations are not performing the process improvements to handle new attacks.
On Friday our blog post attempted to start a conversation http://oversitesentry.com/improve-cybersecurity-lets-teach-more-infosec/
The endpoint is only one aspect of IT security though. In an enterprise environment there are multiple departments that require years of experience:
- Firewall Operations also network security(including ACL – Access Control Lists)
- Endpoint Security Software operations( the infrastructure for endpoint security has its own challenges
- Forensics (For endpoint after a loss or breach someone has to clean and review)
- Vulnerability Scanning (Scan the network to see what the computers are doing)
- Web application scanning( Web applications must be scanned)
- Penetration testing(there are some pentests that must be performed for applications)
- Security Operations (must have infrastructure support of whatever device manufacturer of the IDS/IPS systems)
- Threat intel (this department looks at specific threats coming into the organization)
- IT Security Management (there is Directors, Executives and Managers)
So the way to fix our labor shortage is to get everyone in IT up to speed to train our current IT staff and hire more IT staff in general.
If there need to be specialists in networking security or operations then those need to be hired specifically for certain slots.
But what the article is talking about is the major labor shortage in endpoint security, otherwise we get the following messages:
This message is a cryptowall2.0 message(last year-2014), unfortunately Cryptowall has evolved into a more deadly version.
On Feb 26 the blogpost discussed the difficulties in an enterprise environment http://oversitesentry.com/how-do-we-improve-security/
Cryptolocker3.0 has returned with streamlined dropper:
This is the Cisco Group which discussed the details of Cryptowall3.0: http://blogs.cisco.com/security/talos/cryptowall-3-0
How can we teach more IT security people to understand the methods and how to prevent Cryptowall3.0?
We have to teach the Security basics so that the details can be understood. Most of all we must learn to do this is to do the right thing:
Filotimo – Greek for friend of Honor Youtube video (regarding ΦΙΛΟΤΙΜΟ)
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