[ISN] 'It's a War for Talent'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 00:24:22 -0500 (CDT)

By Tom Field
Bank InfoSecurity
May 3, 2012

The information security profession is a 'war for talent' today, says 
recruiter Kathy Lavinder. But to win the war requires specialized skill 
sets. Here are today's top requirements.

High atop the list: Deep technical skills, particularly in hot areas 
such as incident response.

"The technical piece in many instances - you can't fake it; you can't be 
a generalist," says Lavinder, executive director of Security & 
Investigative Placement Consultants, LLC. "In most of these roles, 
[candidates] need to have highly specialized capabilities. It's not a 
matter of someone who has a passing interest in these areas, or someone 
who's gone out and obtained a lot of certifications. They really have to 
deliver the goods."

But in addition to rigid technical training, today's successful pros 
also need to possess great flexibility.

"You have to be fluid," Lavinder says. "You have to be aware that the 
organization's needs will evolve. They don't hire you for one job, and 
it's going to be static, and you're going to be repeating that same set 
of responsibilities day in and day out. In an environment as dynamic as 
this, you have to be able to evolve and change with the evolving needs 
and threats."


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