WHITE PAPER

Navigating the Cyber Skills Shortage

Positive measures are being taken, but it will take years of focused effort to get the situation under control. In the meantime, organizations will need to review both long- and shortterm strategies to securely navigate their way around the cyber security skills gap. This may well involve accepting a little short-term pain while long-term solutions are bedding in.

This white paper assesses and analyzes how the cyber security workforce gap may be affecting businesses and their employees and discusses a number of strategies which can be deployed to mitigate the risk of a successful attack.

Commercial realities

Historically, organizations viewed technology as the answer to cyber security. Buying the latest antivirus software led many to believe that sensitive data was protected from criminal activity. Today’s truth is quite different. Threat actors work around the clock to break through security systems and even with compliance software, businesses remain at risk. Trained cyber security analysts must supplement cyber security software that is enabled to receive and interpret data to react to and report on the alerts and events.

Professionals in the cyber security industry are constantly playing catch-up with the threats they are defending against. Technology and criminal malice are developing fast enough to outpace the availability and skill level of new talent.