Cybersecurity specialists – growing role and demand

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The article written by Beniamin Poznański, head of Projects & Consulting team at Capgemini Poland

It is estimated that in the coming years, cybercriminals will gain loot worth up to 6 billion USD per year[1]. This situation is not favored by the pandemic that has moved our lives and work to an even greater extent online. In response to the activities of cybercriminals, the growing demand for employees dealing with cybersecurity gained even greater pace in 2021. The gap in this sector is visible on a global scale. We live in a technology-driven era, and the internet has a huge impact on our homes and businesses, our social and economic situation, and the security that comes with it. The demand for cybersecurity specialists has never been greater than today.

The growing role of cybersecurity experts

The shortages of cybersecurity resources are visible not only in Poland, but also on the global market, and as research[2] shows, 82% of organizations around the world struggle with this problem. This situation has a significant impact on the safety of these companies and their employees. The subjects of cyber-attacks are very often valuable databases, confidential company information, logins and passwords, but also data that are valuable to owners enough to pay for getting it back. Access to social media, e-mail boxes or bank accounts is one of the loot most willingly seized by criminals. To protect ourselves from unwanted algorithms, which are constantly improving and may work to our disadvantage, education is necessary – from the early school years it should become a common practice. Only a change in thinking about online safety – in fact in almost all areas of our everyday life – will allow us to develop social awareness and, ultimately, eliminate market gaps.

Cybersecurity specialists are usually people with technical or IT studies, but this is not always the case. It happens that such experts with technical or related education have completed supplementary studies or courses in cybersecurity field. However, such experts should, above all, be characterized by specific practical skills and disposition – openness and communicativeness, which facilitate work in often international teams and the agile approach. It will not be an exaggeration to say that candidates for this sector must be passionate – cybersecurity specialists must be curious about their industry – changes in this field, newer methods used by hackers and the use of artificial intelligence make this industry more dynamic than any other. This requires constant broadening of the knowledge, following trends, and learning new methods. Designing, machine learning, implementation, testing, creating scenarios and responding to them – work in the cybersecurity sector offers many professional paths, but also involves many duties that require specialist technical knowledge, along with soft skills and creativity. Undoubtedly, it is also a big responsibility – we must be ready for emergencies every day and deal with them as quickly as possible, and ideally prevent them before they happen, protecting organizations and users.

Cyber Defense Center

Cybersecurity is an industry that is constantly evolving, but also offers enormous opportunities for development and satisfaction. It happens that our actions are compared to the work of counter-terrorists, which is a good analogy due to the fact that we fight crime every day, often protecting the sensitive data of many users, employees and organizations.

In response to this new and increasingly demanding reality, Capgemini is opening a cybersecurity center in Poland, the first in Eastern Europe. The center will be fully integrated with the global Cyber ​​Defense Center network and the international cyber protection services of the Capgemini Group. It draws on Capgemini’s global expertise in high-end services focused on data protection and threat intelligence to support organizations, in Europe and across the world, in securing their digital and cloud transformation processes, improving IT resources and operational safety. It is also a response to the problem of the lack of experts – the new division supports Capgemini’s commitment to building and shaping the workforce of the future, offering clients a wider set of opportunities to address the rapidly evolving areas of digital strategy, cloud, artificial intelligence, customer experience innovation and other emerging technologies. Company is planning to expand its cyber workforce in Poland by 70% by the end of the year, one fourth of which will be dedicated to work directly at the Cyber ​​Defense Center, where cybernetic care over projects will be carried out 24 hours a day.

[1] Cyber Security Predictions for 2021, Fujitsu, 2021

[2] Hacking the Skills Shortage, Intel Security, 2021

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