Combating the cybersecurity job crunch

Combating the cybersecurity job crunch

There is a looming crisis in information security that will necessitate that businesses change how they manage their security efforts. While there will always be new attacks and methodologies with which to contend, it’s the growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity resources that is poised to cause enterprises heartache for the foreseeable future. Already in 2016, the No. 1 concern of enterprises is access to skilled resources. Think of how dire the shortage actually is for that to rank above a potential data breach as a concern. And it’s poised to get much worse. Forbes predicts there will be 1 million global cybersecurity positions available in 2016. Those shortages are predicted to grow to a quarter of global cybersecurity positions remaining unfilled by 2019 . To be precise, that’s 1.5 million out of 6 million total positions that are expected to remain vacant in three short years. The real trouble is in how greatly these shortages will compound the daunting problems security already faces. As is, the costs associated with cybercrime, the number of successful attacks organizations suffer and the costs to contain security incidents all continue to rise . A job crunch will not improve those numbers. Nor will continuing to rapidly adopt new functionality without building the proper security infrastructure beneath it. The Internet of Things is the perfect example of that phenomenon, let alone the security implications of millions of newly connected devices. For already stretched thin security practitioners, that means more data to account for, more tools to manage and more reports to coalesce and generate. The problems from being understaffed can escalate quickly. Organizations should actively prepare for the issues stemming from a lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Automating security tasks when possible, exploring new staffing models and investing smartly in security resources are critical […]