What would you say is the biggest global threat to cyber security? The escalating ransomware epidemic? Insider threats? International espionage? The widespread availability of DDoS attacks?
One of the most pressing concerns for a growing number of industry analysts is, in fact, a lack of human resources. Current research estimates a shortage of approximately 3.5 million cyber professionals by 2021. Even today, companies are feeling the squeeze, as they attempt to recruit the talent that can help them solve their cyber problems.
The talent gap has been a regular topic of discussion, and several potential solutions are beginning to take shape. For instance, there’s a hope that budding AI capabilities will take pressure off of cybersecurity staff. Additionally, organizations can outsource some of their cybersecurity functions to a third-party specialist, in a managed services arrangement. Meanwhile, public awareness campaigns hope to increase the interest of younger generations in cybersecurity careers.
But short- and long-term, organizations still need more in-house cybersecurity expertise than is readily available. And a more direct, viable approach to solving this problem centers on the cyber savvy of an organization’s IT staff. Typically, professionals in the technology department carry a baseline understanding of security matters — and this can be supplemented with cross-training programs designed for accessibility to working professionals.
If you are an IT or security professional looking to broaden your experience, here are a few areas where you might consider focusing to help meet the demand:
- Cyber research and investigation: Recent reports find these skills to be among the most severely lacking in security initiatives.
- Cloud security: Demand in this area is growing as more organizations move to the cloud. As such, labor supply is being spread thin.
- Secure app development: Software developers should have the skills for leading with security in their processes.
- Risk analysis: Understanding a company’s specific risk is always fundamental to building cybersecurity solutions.
- Data management and analytics: Managing the deluge of data is an ongoing challenge in many areas of cybersecurity.
Lunarline offers robust training options in these and other areas through our School of Cybersecurity. For more information on how we can help you build the security workforce you need, contact us today.