The Worldwide Skills Shortage Is Growing

Awareness of the cyber security skills shortage has been growing worldwide and organisations are spending more on IT. Nevertheless, that cyber skilled workforce gap continues to grow, putting most organisations at risk.

Despite increases in tech spending, this imbalance between supply and demand of skilled professionals continues to leave companies vulnerable. It’s no surprise that research shows the shortage of cyber-security professionals is now the number 1 job concern among those who already work in the field.

Cyber security touches almost everyone in an organisation. Employees from Legal to Marketing, Finance to Operations, are increasingly aware of how data flows through the organisation and what it takes to keep it secure.

Meanwhile, IT professionals are often responsible for securing their organisation’s critical assets, but don’t have a formal information security title

According to (ISC) Research, the shortage of cyber-security professionals is close to three million globally.

N. America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe are experiencing the highest shortage, at around 2.15 million, in part thanks to its growing economies and new cyber-security and data privacy legislation being enacted throughout the region.

As cyber-security pros around the globe work to gain and enhance their skillsets, organisations can help support these people on the frontlines of securing the cyber world.

Companies who employ new recruits should explore options available for training them for the job and setting them up for success. They also need to provide more professional development opportunities for the people who already work in cyber-security, and allow sufficient time for their staff to pursue them.

Investing in current team members can be a highly cost-effective way to shore up cyber-security skills in an organisation.

Finally, as they increase their security budgets, companies must portion out those funds mindfully, combining investments in personnel, training and security solutions to create a comprehensive cyber-security approach that can shrink their piece of the gap.

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