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Is the “Cyber Skills Shortage” a Misnomer?

June 07, 2021

The Panaseer Team

We have been hearing for years that there is an acute ‘cyber skills’ shortage. Statistics vary, but even back in 2019, it was estimated that the global IT cyber skills shortage had surpassed four million. However, little has been written about whether this data is relevant and, crucially, whether it frames the problem correctly.

Firstly, let’s examine the premise of whether there is a ‘cyber skills shortage.’ The fact is, just because firms can’t always hire for the roles they advertise, it doesn’t necessarily follow that there is a shortfall in the candidate pool. Perhaps the focus needs to shift into developing and implementing more effective, inclusive hiring strategies.

Let’s break this down. Inclusive hiring can increase the number of job applications a business will receive for each vacancy and improve their ability to identify skilled candidates (by removing bias), thus increasing their chances of finding someone that’s a fit. So what does inclusive hiring entail?

Read the full article from Infosecurity.