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Adopt a Lean Digital Security Organization to Mitigate the Skills Shortage

Published: 15 December 2017

ID: G00340376

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz


Increasing cybersecurity threats mean most security and risk management leaders are growing their teams. However, this also means that the existing shortage in qualified, experienced security people is getting worse. A "lean" approach to staffing the security team can help alleviate this challenge.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Challenge the Status Quo
  • Assess Your Current Security Team for Effectiveness to Identify Functions or Capabilities That Can Be Devolved Elsewhere in the Business or IT
  • Identify Alternative Locations in the Business or in IT for Capabilities That Are Underresourced or Performing Suboptimally
  • Identify and Communicate the Advantages, Disadvantages and Prerequisites of Adopting a Lean Approach
    • Prerequisites for Adopting a Lean Security Organization
  • Key Principles to Be Adopted Regardless of Adopting a Lean Organization

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