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Assemble a Team of IT Experts Focused on Cybersecurity

April 14, 2020

Assemble a Team of IT Experts Focused on Cybersecurity

In today’s world of constant cyberthreats from terrorism, hackers, and viruses, public and private sector organizations need to assemble a strong, experienced team of security experts.

But finding a talented and trained staff becomes a problem when, according to a June 2019 Forbes article, there are nearly three million open positions for security professionals.

The 2019 SolarWinds Federal Cybersecurity Survey found 56% of the surveyed federal government IT leaders consider careless or untrained insiders as the most significant threat to their organizations. Fifty-two percent said foreign governments are the primary menace to their agencies.

To help address the shortage of experienced professionals in the public sector, the U.S. Army and others started the Cyber Talent Initiative to entice new graduates to start a career in the public sector.

“Participants first serve in the federal government for two years, then will be invited to apply for select positions with some of the world’s most innovative private sector companies,” according to the program’s website. “If selected for private sector employment, participants will receive up to $75,000, inclusive of tax, in student loan assistance.”

In reality, organizations today face the immediate need to hire and train a team of experts knowledgeable in the latest technologies and solutions to protect their infrastructure from attack.

So what type of experts should be on your security/IT staff?

Database Administrators

The role of the database administrator is more complex than ever as databases are migrating to cloud-based environments needing to be properly secured and encrypted.

In today’s data-driven world, it’s critical for public sector organizations to hire individuals who not only understand how to properly maintain and optimize a database—to ensure the end-user experience isn’t hindered—but also someone who understands how to properly secure a database.

Cloud Computing Engineers

Each year, major players such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft launch new cloud services and applications. While these new technologies can help improve the end-user experience and speed up organizational efficiencies, the potential for bad actors to exploit cloud environments has increased exponentially.

With the cloud, security is another matter entirely as the potential attack area is larger. Daily innovation in the cloud space also makes it next to impossible to find experienced professionals trained in the latest cloud technologies and services.

Cybersecurity Experts

Most importantly, agencies need to have experienced cybersecurity engineers dedicated to fighting the minute-by-minute threats to an organization’s infrastructure.

Each day, an organization’s cybersecurity professionals should be working closely with their agency’s database administrators, cloud computing engineers, and other IT/security professionals to ensure the rollout of new technologies doesn’t leave the digital infrastructure open to exploitation.

Understanding the Dangers to Your Cybersecurity

Public sector organizations need to assemble and properly train an experienced team of database administrators, cloud computing engineers, and cybersecurity experts to protect their infrastructure from internal and external threats.

Find the full article on Government Computer News.


Brandon Shopp is the vice president of product strategy for security, compliance, and tools at SolarWinds. He served as our director of product management since November 2011, assuming the title and responsibilities of senior director of product management in July 2013. Prior to SolarWinds, Shopp was the vice president of product management at AlienVault, from August 2016 until February 2018, and the senior director of products at Embarcadero Technologies, from July 2015 until August 2016. Shopp has a proven success record in product delivery and revenue growth, with a wide variety of software product, business model, M&A, and go-to-market strategies experience. Shopp holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.