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Japan has an 80,000 shortfall in infosec professionals, and needs to provide extra training for more than half of those currently in the industry, if it’s to protect key IT systems from attack, according to the government. A government panel of information security experts met back in June to draw up a long term plan to address …

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Didn't know they had anything worth stealing anymore.

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Anonymous Coward

That's because they have been practising security through obscurity.

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Anonymous Coward

heh, from an IT perspective Japan's pretty shabby though I suppose that may make their lives easier at some point.

On the giant shortage of security people, it's so difficult to get into the industry (basically you need a lucky break) that there'll always be a shortage. Most companies only want one person and they want one really good person who can do all the things at once and has worked for a secret agency and can catch bullets with his teeth.

Oh well.

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Unhappy

Don't forget

He also has to have 4 years experience with windows server 2012

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"Most companies only want one person and they want one really good person who can do all the things at once and has worked for a secret agency and can catch bullets with his teeth."

Pity that I'm otherwise engaged.

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Mushroom

In Danger of opening a can of worms

But this makes sense as the live within rocket range of North Korea and have at best an uneasy relationship with the neighbours due to various reasons

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Lateral Logic

If a networks security had a GUI with the look & feel of a MMORPG then the 80K+ cyber mercenaries required would not only train themselves but would probably pay for the priveliege of combat.

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security through obscurity

Yeah, their writing system has built-in encryption. Apparently it takes so long to learn kanji, that one (idiotic) prime minister suggested changing the national language to English. If they did, you'd eventually see decent Japanese software.

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Re: security through obscurity

Well... you don't code in Kanji, may comment in it though. The Japanese do write a reasonable number of computer games... they also have had a number of good enough for their time period sharing apps, most are borked now though.

Doesn't take that long to learn (enough) Kanji (to get by) if you really want to though, but it is a bugger, a proper dictionary and understanding how to find things in it helps.

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Re: security through obscurity

"Doesn't take that long to learn (enough) Kanji (to get by) if you really want to though, but it is a bugger, a proper dictionary and understanding how to find things in it helps."

Compared to English, where every rule has its exception and one doesn't need a dictionary to get by, one needs a four dimensional map.

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Re: security through obscurity

"If they did, you'd eventually see decent Japanese software."

Nothing can help Indian written software.

I'll not even go into the crap coming out of the PRC, which makes Indian contract tanglecode look good.

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Follow the money

"budgets are tight and graduates continue to favour other careers"

Graduates favour other careers if they pay better (and/or offer better job security). This sounds like a standard case of companies complaining that they can't hire George Jetson on a Fred Flintstone salary.

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Re: Follow the money

Nail head!

Pay the wages and they will swarm!!

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Re: Follow the money

Exactly.

Just passed on a Windows Architect with heavy information security involvement at all levels, in essence, an information security type that also dabbles at all levels of the network for a mere $128k in total compensation.

All also allegedly a high level position, but the duties read low level and high level. In short, a one man shop.

ROFLAMO! I was pulling in $160k, plus company car, plus paid housing, plus bonus and a retirement package in my last position.

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