Cyber security skills gap: ‘Pay more and the problem will go away,’ says Reuters IT security chief

November 27, 2015

The IT security “skills gap” could quickly be narrowed by simply paying security staff more, according to Thomson Reuters’ senior information security architect, Andy Boura, speaking on a panel at Computing’s Enterprise Security and Risk Management 2015 summit yesterday.

Furthermore, he argued, organisations could – indeed, should – help ordinary IT staff to upskill so that they can shift into IT security, removing the need for organisations to get the security skills they need by recruiting so-called black hats.

When asked whether he would be prepared to hire black hats from the security industry, Boura was firm.

“How can you ever really be sure they’ve reformed? My reaction would be ‘no’,” he replied.

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