A Lack of Security

Working with the data provided by a set of 775 IT decision makers from the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Israel, a partnership between Intel Security and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has produced a report detailing the deficit in cybersecurity skills, and the associated risks to organizations, says Computer Business Review.

The report stated the following key findings:

  • 82 per cent of respondents admitted to a shortage of cybersecurity skills;
  • 71 per cent of respondents indicated the lack of trained information security professionals has directly led to damage to the organisation;
  • Approximately half of respondents state lack of training or qualification sponsorship are common reasons for talent departure;
  • 76 per cent of respondents said governments are not investing enough in building cybersecurity talent; and
  • 23 per cent of respondents indicated education programs are preparing students for cybersecurity jobs.

Regarding the perceived deficits of cybersecurity talent and development, Chris Young, Intel Security Group SVP and GM, said "The security industry has talked at length about how to address the storm of hacks and breaches, but government and the private sector haven’t brought enough urgency to solving the cybersecurity talent shortage. To address this workforce crisis, we need to foster new education models, accelerate the availability of training opportunities, and we need to deliver deeper automation so that talent is put to its best use on the front line. Finally, we absolutely must diversify our ranks.”