#CyberFLASH: Facing the Canadian infosec job problem: A ‘mess and an opportunity’

FEATURE-Resume-THINKSTOCK-618x250An Edmonton-based company began advertising this month for a global security architect.

The winning candidate, to earn between $90,000 and $105,000 a year, will be responsible for developing and building infrastructure security solutions for the firm, as well as managing and running its international security operations.

Among the skills demanded, applicants have to show “demonstrable expertise on architecture and operations of large globally spread infrastructure environment,” have eight to 10 years of “progressively more responsible work in this field,” have at least one of a set of certifications such as the CISSP, have experience in securely migrating solutions to the cloud, and have the ability to estimate the financial impact of risk mitigation.

The odds of the company finding a candidate with all those skills (and more not listed here) within the price envelope aren’t good. Organizations of all sizes find they need to throw more IT resources to meet the increasing number of online attacks. And while automation is part of the solution, hands are needed as well for everything from configuring hardware to analyzing threat data.

“Based on the primary research we’re conducting with the industry, there seems to be a pervasive shortage of cybersecurity professionals,” says Sam Bourgi, senior analyst at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for profit that advises governments and industry on technology and the labour market.

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