Closing the Cyber Skills Gap

Closing the Cyber Skills Gap

Closing the Cyber Skills Gap

Cybersecurity staff retention has been a major challenge for companies in the past year.

Organizations are unable to keep pace with the rate of change because of the lack of funding, research and technical skills. 

Business leaders need to rapidly assess their needs and find solutions if their plans are not to be derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated each day, so every business must plan to protect their company from cyber-crime.

Here are the cyber security challenges that organizations are currently facing:

  • Lack of talent to perform security tasks
  • Expensive hiring process
  • Complex training tasks for new staff members
  • Low employee morale because of lack of progression opportunities

Here is how to close the cybersecurity skills gap:

  • Educate employees through training programs
  • Help employees upskill into new cybersecurity pathways
  • Promote training sessions to help your employees
  • Leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing solutions

The 2021 Front Lines cybersecurity conference brought together a panel to discuss the challenges faced by the industry with growing security threats and far too cybersecurity professionals to combat them.


The “Closing the Cyber Skills Gap” panel featured Davina PruittNaomi Buckwalter, and was moderated by Matthew Rosenquist on Oct 21st 2021.

One of the most pressing challenges for the digitally connected and transforming world is the undermining of security and trust. Cybersecurity is the barrier protecting our systems, data, privacy, services, and capabilities. But the threats far exceed the capacity of those professionals that guard against their attacks. We are experiencing a momentous deficit in the talent pool, with mounting demands growing every year.

The panel discusses how to reverse the situation and sustainably satisfy the human resources needed to make our evolving digital world secure.

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Matthew Rosenquist 

Cybersecurity Expert

Matthew Rosenquist is an industry-recognized pragmatic, passionate, and innovative strategic security expert with 28 years of experience. He thrives in challenging cybersecurity environments and in the face of ever shifting threats. A leader in identifying opportunities, driving industry change, and building mature security organizations, Matthew delivers capabilities for sustainable security postures. He has experience in protecting billions of dollars of corporate assets, consulting across industry verticals, understanding current and emerging risks, communicating opportunities, forging internal cooperation and executive buy-in, and developing practical strategies. Matthew is a trusted advisor, security expert, and evangelist for academia, businesses, and governments around the world. A public advocate for best-practices, and communicating the risks and opportunities emerging in cybersecurity. He delivers engaging keynotes, speeches, interviews, and consulting sessions at conferences and to audiences around the globe. He has attracted a large social following of security peers, is an active member on advisory boards, and quoted in news, magazines, and books. Matthew is a recognized industry expert, speaker, and leader who enjoys the pursuit of achieving optimal cybersecurity. Matthew Rosenquist is experienced in building world class teams and capabilities, managing security operations, evangelizing best-practices to the market, developing security products, and improving corporate security services. 

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