Wednesday, 25 January 2017
CLOUD JOBS PEAKING?
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I have been tracking the number of “cloud” jobs listed in Indeed.com for the past five years.  See the chart below.  This isn’t a scientific survey, but an indication of the openings with the term “cloud” in the job description.  Since 2012, this number has gone up continuously.  This month’s number shows flattening when compared with 2016.  Has the supply of cloud engineers finally equaled the demand?  Will we see another increase by this summer?  In any case, clearly businesses are rapidly moving to the cloud and the demand for people is still high.

 

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Posted on 01/25/2017 11:13 AM by Fred Scholl
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017
The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell
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Occasionally a book on information security comes along that is required reading by all. The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell is one of those books. Published in 2016 and written by journalist and writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, it includes pretty much everything that security professionals deal with every day. 

The book is non-fiction, dealing with a real-life story of espionage. Here, truth is really stranger than any fictional TV series or movie. You will find novel crypto methods and cryptanalysis challenges, insider threat profiling, forensics, national security, foreign espionage, law enforcement, FISA court proceedings. Nothing is fabricated. Everything is the subject matter of everyday headlines today. 

A fun and educational read!

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Posted on 01/18/2017 1:55 PM by Fred Scholl
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
IS THERE A CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONALS SHORTAGE?
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There is no shortage of headlines stating the cybersecurity professionals shortage as a fact. For example, this one from Information Week. I have taught security at the graduate level, and can report that all my students found good jobs. But I get a little skeptical after reading all of these headlines from other industries:

"The worker shortage facing America's farmers"

"Truck Driver Shortage:  Is it Self-Inflicted?"

"New Research Confirms Looming Physician Shortage"

"The Coming Lawyer Shortage"

It seems like every industry is out promoting shortages.  I don't think there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, but there is likely a shortage trained in the right skills.  The field is changing so fast, that it is almost impossible to keep up. So we need to focus on making sure that our training programs meet tomorrow's needs around DevOps, cloud security, software and systems security, risk management and security governance.  Those seeking to advance in the field need to take a hard look at the changing opportunities.

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Posted on 01/10/2017 10:25 AM by Fred Scholl
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