If your ideal cybersecurity professional described themselves on LinkedIn, they might say this:
As an early adopter of new technologies, my passion for technology fuels my curiosity to solve complex problems. I am a systems thinker with confidence in my ability to put things together and learn new techniques while using my competitive nature to fuel my work as well as engage in office competitions. As a natural problem solver and abstract thinker, I tend to look “outside the box” and evaluate challenges from many different angles and perspectives before acting.
Sounds like anyone’s perfect employee, right? But when Booz Allen surveyed 250 senior IT decision makers about today’s cyber workforce, 83 percent said they have open positions to fill and 72 percent said it’s a challenge to identify and hire the new types of skillsets such as advanced threat hunters and malware reverse engineers. For years, research has shown that there’s a cyber talent shortage and industry demand is only continuing to grow at a rapid pace.