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IT Security Skill Shortage on the Rise

Posted on 9/27/2016 2:16:04 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian
Category: Security & Compliance

During my two-decade long career in information security, I witnessed IT go from a virtually non-existent niche to a relatively mature field.  Unfortunately, the main driving factor behind this evolution was an ever-increasing number of cybersecurity attacks. These attacks have become more complex and sophisticated and as a result IT departments are being challenged to keep their companies secure. Often this means having access to talent knowledgeable enough to handle these attacks.

And here comes the challenge – that talent is hard to find and keep. According to a 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study for Cyber Security and Education is expecting there will be a shortfall of 1.5 million professionals worldwide by 2020 if the issue isn’t addressed.

Information security is a complex and still rapidly evolving field. Not many businesses can afford to have a dedicated, knowledgeable security specialist on staff. While many organizations would usually need a few hours of expertise per week, it is nearly impossible to hire a part-time resource, as they are very much in demand right now. An alternative to having in-home specialist is outsourcing, so many smaller companies turn to service providers to handle their information security needs. Here are some reasons why many small and medium sized business chose the Managed Security Services (MSS) route:

  1. You can’t do it all. Or, you can’t do it all “well”. Outsourcing used to be a bad word, but now is seen as something that offers the very real value of allowing you to concentrate on your core competencies as a business, letting the economies of scale help you get required attention from a dedicated MSS specialist.

  2. Increasing and evolving threats. Hackers are becoming increasingly better at their job and are continuing to get better. Just as soon as you feel that you have protected yourself from one threat, a new variation emerges. MSS specialists have the knowledge and capabilities to adapt to these evolving attacks and will be responsible for monitoring and responding to the new threats, so you can concentrate on running your business.

  3. Detection and response is key. Every day, we see that breaches happen all of the time, and in companies of all sizes. It is important to understand that breaches and attacks are inevitable, criminals are always finding new ways to break in. However, if you have solid detection mechanisms in place along with a tested response process, you will take that time away from the bad guys.

If you do not think that your business is prepared for attacks and do not have a sophisticated enough staff to handle these invasions, then it’s time to discuss your options with MSS experts.