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New Approaches to Solving the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

Enterprises Need to Revamp Their Hiring Practices, Says ISACA's Pamela Nigro
Pamela Nigro, ISACA board chair and vice president of security and security officer at Medecision

The ever-expanding threat landscape and the continued talent shortage mean defenders increasingly need to be ready with the skilled talent to face the onslaught of cybercriminals, who are gaining momentum by employing new tactics, according to Pamela Nigro, ISACA board chair.

Many longtime employees have retired, and many organizations don't have enough people coming up through the system to help replace them, said Nigro, who also serves as vice president of security and security officer at Medecision.

"The other challenge is that particular skills seem to be wanted - not that they can't be developed, but they tend to be wanted," Nigro said. "And I've seen a lot of opportunities that are entry level that wind up looking for five years' experience."

The industry needs to take a new approach to hiring, she said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Nigro also discusses:

  • The state of the talent shortage;
  • Unrealistic expectations in current hiring practices;
  • The importance of enterprises making training a priority.

Nigro also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis University, where she teaches graduate-level courses on information security, ethics, risk, IT governance and compliance, and management of information systems in the MSIS and MBA programs. She also served as senior director of information security focusing on the GRC practice at Heath Care Service Corp. Prior to HCSC, Nigro worked in the systems and process assurance practice at PwC.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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