Hacking the Cyber Security Skills Gap

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Adrian has been Morson International’s Operations Director for the past five years. Adrian’s passion for innovation and commitment to delivering tailored solutions to employees, candidates and clients alike puts him at the forefront of our industry.

Are we completely at the mercy of the hacker? The pace of innovation has left us with a skills gap that’s proving tricky to plug. So with an ever-present need to keep our data secure, operations director Adrian Adair discusses how we can address the Cyber Security Skills Gap issue.

Each year technology has a greater influence on our lives and as innovation hurtles on at an alarming pace it’s often easy to forget just how quickly things have advanced. In 15-20 years, the way we store information, communicate, trade, shop and even bank has completely changed – and it’s changed much quicker than many anticipated or have been prepared for.

In other industries, it’s easier to predict and plan for the future. For example, rail technology, while much more advanced in terms of rolling stock than it was 50 years ago, has remained true to its fundamental mechanics in terms of the work the engineers do on the rails. The same cannot be said of computing and cyber defence – it’s new and constantly evolving.

According to an extensive McAfee study into the skills shortage we face in cyber security, three out of four people felt that their governments were not investing enough into the future of cyber-defence, and this in part has led to the situation we are now faced with. One in three businesses said they felt this evident shortage made them prime hacking targets and there is growing fear of the impact on reputation and revenue that the loss of proprietary data via cyber-attack can have.

So are we to blame for being too late, or are we simply at the whim of a progress and innovation train that is only speeding up with every year?

The latter seems to be the general consensus.

In just 20 years we’ve gone from cheques and faxes to internet banking from a mobile phone, instant email communication and cloud storage – trillions of gigabytes of data relentlessly and near instantly flying around the planet. Who would have seen that coming? When you are faced with something that grows and changes as much as computer technology, it’s difficult to be too hard on ourselves for not having planned ahead.

Across various professions, an average experienced senior manager might be 45-50 years old – or to put it another way, they would have been graduating from school or college in the mid-1980s when even the mobile phone was a rare commodity. Jobs and careers in IT weren’t nearly as substantial as they are right now, so many didn’t go down that route. This leaves the bulk of the task of defending against the future of attacks to the younger generation.

While we have been at the whim of the technological boom, it is clear that many people feel that something needs to be done urgently. A staggering infographic by Information is Beautiful demonstrates the sheer number of high profile hacks that have taken place and their relative size. This is as worrying as it is stunning. Do we want to be waking up each day to read about yet another huge data breach?

IT may be a comparatively young industry but its growth and variety means that it offers career security to those within it and those who are considering pursuing it as a career. The niche of cyber security is no exception and we’ve witnessed first-hand the increase in demand from our clients for candidates with this skillset.

Consequently, we’ve managed to gain a host of experience when placing skilled candidates across a variety of IT sectors, from network vulnerability testing to security administration.  Our IT division has enjoyed a 100% growth year-on-year – a reflection of the growing need for IT security professionals. With network security in place, our high-profile clients are protected against business disruption and have peace of mind.

It’s obvious that computers are here to stay, and the growing threat means that salaries for skilled workers are only set to improve. It’s a great time to become the future safe-builder and locksmith and know that you’re keeping the world safe.

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