How to Solve the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

cybersecurity talent gap

The cybersecurity talent gap is no secret and the demand for skilled cybersecurity workers continues to increase. With the development of new technology, there is an increase in cybercrime, and information security is high on every organization and business agenda. The current situation in the information technology industry shows that there are skills shortages all over the world. However, the growing rate of cyberattacks indicates that the demand for the cybersecurity profession is increasing at a fast rate than any other sector of the information technology market.

Cybersecurity requires longer hours than other technology sectors, with less room for mistakes. You have to study a lot of software and develop your technicals skills which can be very stressful. Also, cybersecurity is very demanding and you need to develop a great personality to be a professional. Therefore, many information technology candidates do not choose it as a career. This has created an unfilled cybersecurity job with no lasting solution in sight. Read on, as Mayur Rele, an expert in  cloud automation and cybersecurity takes us through how to solve the cybersecurity talent gap. 

Invest in your current cybersecurity employers

Research has shown that many organizations and business owners do not invest in their cybersecurity employers. We are not talking about the annual security awareness training but investing in improving the skills of your cybersecurity workforce. Organization and business owners should give incentives and contribute to programs such as reimbursement for certificates, training trips, an increase in salary, practical tests, promotions, and many more.  They can also invest in cultural changes, and assist their employee to motivate their self-development plan. This will help them set their own professional goal which in turn benefits the organization.  Therefore, the time, resources, and money most companies use in investing and hiring an external candidate can be used to invest in internal employers who are already familiar with the organization, their business tactics, and the tools used in the company.

Integrate consolidation tools

“Alert fatigue is a common occurrence in cybersecurity and it is increasing greatly because of the different numbers of technology tools used by every organization,” says Mayur Rele. “Therefore, instead of adding many tools, security infrastructure should be consolidated and simplified. Also, the tools must be integrated into a streamlined platform.”Mayur Rele advises. Furthermore, each tool should be able to reduce risk, measure the reduced risk, and also sustain that reduction. It should also protect the organization from frequent cyberattacks.

The use of automation

One of the best ways to deal with the cybersecurity talent gap is through the use of automation. Automation helps you reduce human involvement and allows you to do more with lesser personnel. Automating everything that can be automated at every stage of your workflow gives you a quantifiable result. For this to happen, you need to have the right tools and be confident in it. Your tools must be 100% perfect for effective automation. Also, many web applications can help you remove every uncertainty at every step. Hence, bridging the cybersecurity talent gap can be achieved by using accurate automation in combination with a streamlined workflow. When you’re assertive about your automation result, you can easily automate your routine operation and allow your cybersecurity professions to focus on tasks that can only be carried out by humans.

Give your employers cybersecurity education 

Everyone in all organization has their own email and use it to send companies data from one department to another. Phishing emails is one of the tools used by cybercriminals to take sensitive data from the organization. Therefore, many organization security is harmed by limiting the organization’s security responsibility to the cybersecurity team. Anyone handling the companies data is responsible for keeping cybersecurity threats at bay and specialized security functions should be the ones designated to the cybersecurity team.    Every employer should be thought how to secure their email, educate them about cyberattacks, and how their impact can strengthen the organization’s security and vice versa.