Experts warn of shortage of U.S. cyber pros
By Jim Finkle and Noel Randewich
(Reuters) - Leading cyber experts warned of a shortage of talented computer security experts in the United States, making it difficult to protect corporate and government networks at a time when attacks are on the rise.
Symantec Corp Chief Executive Enrique Salem told the Reuters Media and Technology Summit in New York that his company is working with the U.S. military, other government agencies and universities to help develop new programs to train security professionals.
"We don't have enough security professionals and that's a big issue. What I would tell you is it's going to be a bigger issue from a national security perspective than people realize," he said on Tuesday.
Jeff Moss, a prominent hacking expert who sits on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, said that it is difficult to persuade talented people with technical skills to enter the field because it can be a thankless task.
"If you really look at security, it's like trying to prove a negative. If you do security well, nobody comes and says 'good job.' You only get called when things go wrong."
The warnings come at a time when the security industry is under fire for failing to detect increasingly sophisticated pieces of malicious software designed for financial fraud and espionage and failing to prevent the theft of valuable data.
Moss, who goes by the hacker name "Dark Tangent," said that he sees no end to the labor shortage.
"None of the projections look positive," said Moss, who serves as chief security officer for ICANN, a group that helps run some of the Internet's infrastructure. "The numbers I've seen look like shortages in the 20,000s to 40,000s for years to come." Continued...