Companies have started to look at individuals without formal experience or traditional four-year degrees to fill in cybersecurity positions, The Wall Street Journal reports. Industry career website CyberSeek currently lists about 300,000 open cybersecurity positions on the market. In order to find the proper individuals to take on these roles, companies such as IBM and Palo Alto Networks have funded partnerships with universities, as well as training programs and cybersecurity competitions. IBM, in particular, uses simulations akin to video games in order to evaluate new recruits. “It’s really difficult to determine just by someone’s academic track record if they could be great at the kind of problem-solving we do, but it’s relatively easy in a simulation game,” IBM X-Force Red Team Head Charles Henderson. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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