Staffing: Supply vs. Demand

Prof. Eugene Spafford, Purdue University
Staffing: Supply vs. Demand

Some people say the U.S. faces a cybersecurity staffing shortage. Renowned computer science professor Eugene Spafford disagrees. He discusses what he sees as the real shortage and what we can do about it.

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The fundamental issue is the disconnect between the supply and demand for qualified information security personnel, Spafford says.

In a video interview, Spafford discusses:

  • His view of the staffing shortage;
  • Why hacking competitions project the wrong image;
  • The difference between security training and education.

Spafford is a professor with an appointment in computer science at Purdue University, where he has served on the faculty since 1987. He is also a professor of philosophy, a professor of communication and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards. Spafford's current research interests are primarily in the areas of information security, computer crime investigation and information ethics. He is generally recognized as one of the senior leaders in the field of computing.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its diverse cadre of senior-level editors and reporters. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning Summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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