How The Cybersecurity Industry Is Coping With A Skills Shortage
Hacking and cyber security is top of mind for most leaders these days. According to Fast Company, the scary truth is that there seems to be a shortage of talent to prevent these digital strikes. A Cisco report notes that more than 1 million worldwide security jobs sit unfilled. In 2015, an ISACA study showed that 86% of respondents agreed that there is a significant cybersecurity talent shortage.
ISACA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Council Eddie Schwartz notes, “I think the shortage is absolutely dire, and it’s one of the bigger contributing factors to the failures of information security that we’re seeing over the past several years.” While the focus for both companies and schools has been on cybersecurity nuts and bolts commonly required by corporate standards, more intricate methods vital for battling off cutting edge complex assaults have fallen by the wayside. Although large companies like Amazon and Google can afford to build this expertise in-house, this is not feasible for even mid-market companies. “If you’re in a small or medium-sized business, you must outsource it,” ISACA’s Schwartz says. “There’s just no way to build these competencies at this point.”
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