There have bene allegations that the there is a shortage of adequate staffing in the cybersecurity sector which has left many companies exposed and vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers. Now cyber security professionals say that there is requirement for better education and improved apprentice schemes for people engaged in cybersecurity jobs.
While there were 81 per cent of respondents who anticipate an increase in the demand for digital security staff according to a survey that was recently conducted on recruitment agencies, but there were only 16 per cent who were confident that the rising demand would be fulfilled.
“Demand is sky-high,” said Tim Holman, the chief executive of the cybersecurity consultancy 2-Sec. “The cost of dealing with cyber problems is only going to go up, insurance premiums will go up, the price of cleanups will go up.”
The demand for professionals in the field of cyber security has been boosted by a few high profile cyber attacks in 2017. 200,000 customers’ data of the mobile phone company Three was compromised in a serious breach of the company in March. Customer details that included bank account details, phone numbers, and email addresses of about 250,000 customers were stolen by hackers from the payday loan company Wonga in April. However, the fact that it is not only businesses that are impacted by cyber attacks was established when the NHS IT systems were attacked by the Wannacry ransomware attack in May. The ransomware crippled about on third of the It systems of the NHS trusts.
Adam Thilthorpe, the director of external affairs at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT said that there is urgent need for addressing the problem of shortage of skilled professionals who are capable of handling of cybercrime needs.
“We’ve been voicing our concerned for some time that there is going to be a shortage of skilled IT professionals. We need an integrated strategy across government and business from education, apprenticeships and diversity initiatives. We should recruit more women, ethnic minorities and [retrain] older workers to unfilled posts.”
While looking for cyber security experts, BT has decided to seek out suitable candidate within as well as out side of the talent pool emerging from computer courses in universities for its successful cyber apprenticeship scheme which it has been running for more than five years now.
“We were originally plucking people from IT and bolting skills on but we changed our entire recruitment policy including targeting different kinds of people,” said Rob Partridgeat BT Security. “One area we’ve looked at is neuro diversity. We know, for example, that some people with Asperger’s are highly suited to cyber but don’t always have good communication skills so we changed our approach to the way we source and interview candidates. The industry needs to recruit through potential.”
(Adapted from Theguardian.com)