A cybersecurity skills shortage is taking a toll on organizations, with 80% of IT professionals saying they struggle to fill positions, according to a report by Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In many cases, experience, certification and gaming are more desirable skills than a bachelor's degree, the report says.
The Internet Storm Center and some security companies are warning of a high threat level from a newly publicized Windows vulnerability. "The proof-of-concept exploit is publicly available, and the issue is not easy to fix until Microsoft issues a patch," said ISC's Lenny Zeltser. "... We believe wide-scale exploitation is only a matter of time."
IT professionals who are competing for choice jobs need to pay more attention to their "personal brands," career coaches say. Having a good reputation and well-developed social skills can be just as important as intelligence and technical skill, they say. Their advice for improving a personal brand includes paying attention to appearance, playing up skills and embracing self-promotion.
As cloud computing takes hold in the coming years, it will assume some functions done today by the enterprise IT department, writes Leon Erlanger. Gradually the IT profession will migrate more toward the business side of an organization -- with a greater emphasis on contract management, for example -- and away from the nitty gritty of technology, such as infrastructure configuration and maintenance.