01 September 2017 by Lucy Gossage
Cyber-security skills shortage remains a global issue.
With over 60 countries affected by the cyber-attack that started in Ukraine earlier this year, businesses across the globe are beginning to feel the threat.
Ok, so you’ve read all of the hints and tips, the do’s and don’ts about how to protect your company’s sensitive data from an attack, but where do you start? Learning about how to protect your business from a cyber-attack is one thing, but actually putting it into practice is a whole other ball game. With cyber criminals becoming more and more advanced every single day, the need to protect your business is unavoidable. Your answer? Hiring a security expert. This one single step could differentiate a business that reacts well to a security threat, and one that doesn’t.
Sounds simple, right? So why aren’t all businesses doing it?
Unfortunately, there is a massive skills shortage within the cyber security industry. With technology progressing at an immense rate, and security constantly evolving, professionals are struggling to keep up. There are simply not enough specialists to go around, and with cyber-attacks on the rise, it remains a global issue.
In January this year a recent study was published online by job-site Indeed, showing that in the UK alone, the chasm between the demand for cyber security professionals and the amount of people possessing these skills, is the second largest in the world.
So where do we go from here? It is undeniable that the skills shortage for cyber security remains a critical issue, but what does this actually mean for us? For security professionals, the high demand for their skills means higher salaries and strong career prospects.
One of the reasons for this skills shortage is that businesses tend to only bring on people with traditional technology certifications and the required years of experience. However, with cyber security attacks becoming more and more of a threat every day and with so much sensitive data at risk, why are we limiting jobs in security to people with a very specific degree and traditional credentials? Businesses need to be more open to security experts with non-traditional security experience and think about offering training programmes to qualify professionals with a keen interest in this area. As cyber security is not a profession that can simply be taught in a classroom, the focus will need to be on the people who possess the characteristics to enhance such skills: an interest in hacking, curiosity and a keen passion for problem solving. Professionals with these traits can then be taught the technical elements through on the job training. This would not only offer many professionals with a keen interest to learn the traits, but would also reduce the gap between the amount of demand and the shortage of skills.
Whatever the solution, however, cyber-attacks will remain a global issue, and will keep penetrating our businesses network and infrastructure, but by closing the gap between demand and supply, we stand a much better chance of defeating our cyber criminals and defending our assets.
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