The cybersecurity skills gap is growing. Here’s where to find the talent to fill it.
In the last couple of years there has been much said—and just as much written—about the skills shortage in cybersecurity. This quickly widening gap can be attributed to two influences. On one hand, businesses across all industries are beginning to recognize the need for more robust security measures in all of their increasingly digital processes. At the same time, the skills needed to address these issues are becoming increasingly diverse. There is less information available, however, as to practical ways in which this gap can be addressed at an organizational level.
“It’s easy to find a company that can sell an off-the-shelf cybersecurity solution that addresses one area. But you need corporate knowledge—of the industry, of the business, of the people, and of the culture—to start understanding the total nature of potential threats to an organization. It’s a multifaceted issue.”
Cybersecurity is a big business, and the sizable paycheck associated with the field is a major attraction for many young programmers. But high staff churn and siloed, incomplete solutions mean that many aspiring security experts are disillusioned early in their careers, or they have fallen into the trap of selling Band-Aids for bullet holes.
Read the full article by Jérôme Desbonnet and Mike Turner to understand how cybersecurity threats have evolved, and what they’re doing to defend them.
Cyberattacks: big risks for business
In 2015, 300 million records were leaked and over $1 billion was stolen in cybercrimes in the United States. Due to pervasiveness of cybersecurity threats, many businesses still feel unprepared.
According to the 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report from ISACA:
- 83% of organizations agreed that cyberattacks were a top-3 concern for them, but only 38% of organizations felt they were prepared for a sophisticated cybersecurity attack
- 86% of organizations believed that there was a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, but 54% of them acknowledged that it’s difficult to identify who has an adequate level of skill and knowledge when hiring graduates for entry-level cybersecurity positions