IT Talent: Cultivating Essential Skill Sets for IT Security
This IDC study, designed for senior IT and data security executives, provides insight into the various types of jobs required under the general data security umbrella. For each of these job types, the study provides information on the needed skills to perform the job and suggestions as to the roles within IT with transferable skills that would minimize the training needed to perform the specific security function. The study also describes security-related certifications and the current and future competition for security talent. In conclusion, it provides a set of recommendations designed to maximize the effectiveness of talent management activities related to finding, hiring, training, retraining, and retaining data security professionals.
"Because of the deepening concern about data breaches, data security awareness has moved from the back room to the boardroom," says Eric Bloom, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "The concern has brought with it higher corporate security budgets and a greater demand for IT security professionals. The issue, however, is that the demand for these security specialists is greater than the supply. It is vital for companies to maximize the effectiveness of talent management activities related to finding, hiring, training, retraining, and retaining data security professionals."
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