With October being ‘Cyber Security Awareness Month’, Charles Poff (Chief Information Security Officer at SailPoint) has stressed that it’s important to take a hard look at the “frightening” shortage of cyber security professionals currently operational in the industry’s workforce.
According to research conducted by Cybersecurity Ventures, the shortfall is expected to leave 3.5 million jobs unoccupied in the cyber security industry*.
Poff stated: “There’s no ‘quick fix’ to closing this gap, but steps can be taken right now in schools with children who show interest in technology to teach them the value of becoming part of the security industry. It’s up to parents, teachers and even members of the security community to nurture a child’s natural desire to tinker with technology so that he/she will have a greater interest in pursuing a cyber security career as an adult.”
He continued: “Every industry has a security element so, even though a job may not be technical in nature, the chances are that an organisation’s employees must deal with cyber security on some level. For this reason, it’s important for companies to hire interns or entry-level candidates with degrees in maths and/or philosophy, since these degrees teach people logic and problem-solving techniques. The valuable skills that all cyber security professionals must possess.”
In order to truly stay one step ahead of today’s cyber breaches, Poff firmly believes that security professionals need to participate in all of the options associated with cyber security (such as learning a programming language).
Back in August, the Conservative Government orchestrated a further audit of the nation’s cyber security labour market in a determined bid to ascertain exactly how companies operating across the country are presently dealing with the employment and training of IT professionals.
The inaugural study in 2018 highlighted the fact that most organisations lacked the skills to conduct more high-level technical tasks. Penetration testing was an area that businesses expressed the most concern about, with 42% of larger companies commenting that they didn’t feel confident when it came to conducting their own test regimes.
*Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021 https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/