The future of cyber security is critically linked with the security, IT and networks pros who are fighting the battles. As Armor CSO Jeff Schilling has consistently warned, we’re alarmingly short on filling thousands of vacant cyber security and intelligence positions.

To help organizations build the next generation of cyber security professionals, Schilling says we need to re-think how we educate, train and deploy these pros. In a recent Dark Reading article, Schilling offers specific changes we need to make to help bolster the cyber security ranks.

“Placing security training at the core of all computer science and IT tracks is the first step toward preparing the next generation of security professionals to properly defend valuable assets, information, and digital identities,” wrote Schilling. “But it’s only a start.”

Schilling also notes that standard functions of IT services (host and application administration, computer programming and network engineering) are able to clearly map to a cyber security discipline (host forensics, malware analysis and network forensics, respectively).

For a deeper analysis of the problem, download Schilling’s complimentary Vantage Point, “Re-Imagining the Cyber Warrior of the Future.”

With October winding down, this is the final installment supporting National Cyber Security Awareness month. This year’s effort has resulted in outstanding industry-wide traction and awareness. For that, we thank you.

Focus on cyber security shouldn’t occur just once a year. To keep up the fight year-round, use the various tools and resources offered by StaySafeOnline.org. Cyber security is our shared responsibility. Be safe.