Mind the Cyber Skills Gap l CyberSecuritySpeak

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Written by: Heer Rangwani – Intern, Racepoint Global UK

The security industry is suffering from a huge shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers, which is hindering the adoption of new technologies and the ability to prevent cyberattacks. But, is it a skills gap or an untapped skills market that we are dealing with?

Whilst the demand for cyber experts is rising exponentially, the number of people applying for such roles is exceptionally low.  According to a security workforce study, there has been a 20% increase in cybersecurity positions over the last year. Unless collective efforts are made to address this gap, it is assumed that the skills shortage will worsen by 2020, making it harder to prevent, respond and recover from cybersecurity incidents. Moreover, with GDPR coming into effect next week, UK organisations dealing with large amounts of data will be required by law to employ a Data Protection Officer, adding further complexity to the demand and supply of trained cybersecurity professionals.

With women currently making up only 7% of the European cybersecurity workforce, the obvious solution could be to encourage more women into the sector, according to the latest Global Information Security Workforce Study. An additional possible solution is to increase the number of cybersecurity graduate apprenticeships available, creating more opportunities for qualified graduates and millennials who lack experience as well as for those who want to move into the industry. It is also essential to retain any cybersecurity talent and focus on their training and development.

This is where PR and marketing specialists in security play an important role in helping to support the cause. By creating a narrative that promotes their company culture or drives awareness around their talent recognition and acquisition initiatives, as well as their product solutions, more people will be encouraged to join the security industry.

UK cyber security is in need of serious attention to prevent it from an irrevocable decline. Ultimately, we need to see better career guidance and build a skilled workforce for the future.

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