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Wrangling Unicorns – A Skills Shortage Survival Guide

Join Acumin’s Delivery Manager, Ryan Farmer on a guided tour through the wilderness of the infosec recruitment landscape. The way is fraught with danger, but using his 8 years of experience in this environment, Ryan will help you to identify and navigate the pitfalls. The insights and advice in this handy guide will help you cut through the myths and overcome the challenges in keeping your own ranch full of unicorns.
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    - stop data loss by defending against botnets
    - better respond to incidents and remediate
    - reduce attack surfaces and counter threats
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