The Cybersecurity skills gap continues….

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According to Statista, an analysis of the internet of things and the general digital edge was projected and it was clearly showing that there would be a great change and rise in the way technology would change by 2020

digitalization statistics

Statistics show the number of connected devices worldwide, in 2014 and 2020. In 2014, there was an estimated 5.4 billion Internet of Things connected devices worldwide.

It is noticed according to statistics from various reports that the number of people using the internet has surged over the past years, with more than one million people coming online for the first time each day. The ever-growing social media rates as a result of social media applications and large numbers of people possessing smartphones handy with good technology have to a greater extent posed higher security risks.

This article will address the inadequacy of cybersecurity professionals to address cybersecurity issues in this digital edge and assessing the risk level as technology continues evolving.

As of the digital day today, the outbreak of COVID-19 was experienced to be disastrous and notwithstanding. This led to the change in strategy of conducting business to many companies around the globe. This is experienced in the many digital solutions and digitizing of all that required face-face interaction by transferring almost all interactions to the cloud.

However, the cybersecurity skills gap that has been plaguing enterprises for years still shows little or no progress. Despite that challenge, cyberattacks continue to show the potential to grow and increase the more. What’s worse is some attacks are often underreported with fear to risk the reputation of organization

The estimated current cybersecurity workforce is 2.8 million professionals, while the amount of additional trained staff needed to close the skills gap is 4.07 million professionals, according to The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. The data indicates a necessary cybersecurity workforce increase of 145% globally.

Cybersecurity workforce skills gap around the world

security specialists

The shortage of skilled professionals across EMEA has grown to 291,000.

Statistics around the globe have it that;

  • 65% of organizations report a shortage of cybersecurity staff; a lack of skilled/experienced cybersecurity personnel is the top job concern among respondents (36%)
  • Two-thirds (66%) of respondents report that they are either somewhat satisfied (37%) or very satisfied (29%) in their jobs, and 65% intend to work in cybersecurity for their entire careers
  • 30% of survey respondents are women; 23% of whom have security-specific job titles
  • 37% are below the age of 35, and 5% are categorized as Generation Z, under 25 years old
  • 48% of organizations represented say their security training budgets will increase within the next year

The way forward towards information security

Information security way forward

As security professional’s numbers are still low, the information on the cloud keeps rising every single minute. As so many organizations zero down to cloud solutions or digitizing their processes, a lot of data is rendered on the public. There are few or no professionals to guide in the security of the information that goes to the cloud.

IoTs grow every single day due to the manufacturing companies that have invested in technology. The CyberSec professionals to bring awareness to the device users are still very few compare to the global scale of internet users. 

 Security perspective

security perspective

Whoever possesses a digital device contributes to the cyber world, all device owners grow the attacker’s target pool of victims in which to gather information from and to act as a playground to practice their malicious intentions. Information of all device owners or account owners or be it mere personal data is gold to the hackers, they will wake up and go to the mining ground with a lot of zeal for the big catch. At the end of the day, there is no experienced personnel to stop the actions of the malicious people or to make the catch unavailable to them.

It is for this reason that the black market is flooded with millions of datasets which include, personal data, passwords, usernames, health information, different company’s sensitive data, security numbers among others

It is, for this reason, we leave you, “as a good security reader and security concerned citizen” with the following questions which will determine the cybersecurity posture in this cyber year;

  1. Which cybersecurity skills are in the highest demand?
  2. How long does it take to fill a cybersecurity role with a qualified candidate?
  3. Our HR teams informed partners in the search for qualified cybersecurity candidates?
  4. Are cybersecurity teams becoming more gender-balanced, and are diversity programs doing enough to help?
  5. What can companies do to staff up more quickly and find better-qualified candidates?
  6. Which attacks are most common?
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