CSO burnout biggest factor in infosec talent shortage

The real cause of the talent shortage in the information security field isn’t a lack of new people entering the profession, but retention and churn at the highest levels, according to a new report by IDC.

“It’s a fairly common theme to suggest that we have better training in colleges, certificate courses, and all that sort of thing for entry-level folks,” said IDC analyst and report author Pete Lindstrom.

But in fact, at the entry level, expectations are basic and companies are willing to be flexible, are open to diverse backgrounds, and can train new hires.

Jobs that require less than five years of experience are filled within just three months 85 percent of the time, and 99 percent are filled within six months, according to the IDC survey of senior infosec executives.

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