With 82% of businesses experiencing a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals worldwide, the demand for qualified experts is growing more than ever. The problem has been made worse by the ever-growing attack surface and ongoing pandemic. A mid-2021 study found that the top concerns were employee stress, rising workloads and vacant positions.
Organizations face one of the most serious problems: a shortage in cybersecurity skills. Businesses are often too focused on filling job openings to meet security obligations. However, this will not suffice. Organizations must develop and invest in a solid cybersecurity strategy to meet their current and future security needs.
This article will discuss how to address the cybersecurity skills gap.
Cybersecurity Skills Gap: Ways to Combat
It’s not difficult to see that cybersecurity expertise is lacking. This problem has plagued all organizations for years and is only getting worse. Although many initiatives have been taken to reduce the gap, they have not succeeded so far. Let’s examine what can be done about it and what we believe to be the most effective strategies for addressing the cybersecurity skills gap.
Collaboration with Educational Institutions: Technical Colleges and institutions offer a range of cybersecurity courses and degree programs that can help to close the skills gap. The best way for organizations to find local higher education institutions is to hire people for internships or entry-level positions. Members of the cybersecurity team can offer to speak, give a tour, or inquire about student placement events.
Select Talent and Ability: Technical knowledge and expertise are important, but they are not the only requirements for a cybersecurity job. Employers should seek out applicants with talent and valuable soft skills, such as communication, creativity, problem-solving, and communication. When searching for new employees, ensure that they are willing and able to offer training. In this process, organizations should have more cybersecurity teams.
Hire Veterans: Veteran workers are used to working under pressure, using cutting-edge technology and being given sensitive information. There are many options for organizations to sponsor veterans-focused cybersecurity training groups. This will increase their potential job prospects.
Hire managers are looking for candidates with similar skills to the job they are seeking. By hiring for skills, rather than responsibilities in a competitive labor market, you can increase your applicant pool. You should search for candidates who are skilled in ITSM or computer networking.
Explore Your Options: Recruiters need to expand their views on who “fits” into a cybersecurity role. Given the constantly changing threat landscape, even veterans can’t know everything about cybersecurity. Employees who have a holistic view of the company and what it uses may be better suited for the long-term because they are more knowledgeable. In many vocations, curiosity and the ability to solve problems are important.
Automate: IT departments need to find ways to automate and integrate workflow and maintenance procedures in order to reduce workload and speed up processes. SOAR (Security Orchestration Automation and Response), solutions can increase productivity and reduce the need for new employees.
Train: This program, which includes automation techniques, increases the efficiency of your IT security team. Certifications that increase the marketability of cybersecurity professionals