Skills Shortage News, Articles and Updates

Why the answer to IT security woes isn't just hiring more talent

Hiring more talent does not mean better security. No amount of additional talent or resource will improve your security posture if you don't fix your underlying broken patching processes. Automation is the answer.

5 Cyber security trends everyone should know about

There are five leading emerging cyber-security trends that everyone should know about: Prioritise cloud security; evolving ransomware; critical role of behavioural analytics/AI, Blockchain for security; Need for more cyber-sec pros.

Forget the IT skills gap, IT skills wastage is a bigger issue!

IT departments spend too much time handling avoidable IT issues, reacting to unplanned incidents or handling IT issues that can, in most cases, be foreseen and automated such as provisioning and deprovisioning employees.

Policy, strategy, & hard tech - competition & cooperation in cyber-skills

Competition clash: Cyber 9/12, the UK's first cyber-policy & strategy competition, & Cyberthreat 2018 where competitors gain elite technical skills, showcase breadth of talent and expertise needed to cope with the threats faced.

SC Congress 2018: More must be done to improve infosec diversity

A greater range of candidates could tackle cyber skills shortage. The cyber-security industry is facing a skills gap and bringing in under-represented groups of people could help fill those key roles.

Final Reminder to register and attend SC Congress for FREE on Thursday

SC Congress 2018: Register by 1.0 pm Wednesday 14th to get your FREE day pass on Thursday 15 February, at the ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD.

Skills in security: Fighting the shortage - closing the gap

The talent shortage is widening. But, Kate O'Flaherty asks, what specific skills is the industry lacking and how can it fill the gap?

Staying secure amid the cyber-skills shortage

Without skilled and trained staff to analyse security threats and keep the organisational infrastructure protected, even the best security tools in the world wouldn't be fully effective, making businesses 'sitting ducks' for cyber-criminals.

Will the supply of skilled Information security analysts match the demand?

Tapping into this huge talent pool [of non-traditional cyber-sec staff] will not be easy, but steps are being taken to make the cyber-security field more appealing to these populations, including teaching girl scouts about cyber-security.

IT security for SMEs in 2018 - information overload

SMEs in particular, face a significant challenge to correlate the output from various systems and interfaces. It is therefore important that the right tools are chosen to empower SMEs to meet these challenges says David Feldman.

A cyber-security talent game-changer - through adoption of VR & AR tech

Ramon Peypoch explains how VR, AR and other immersive technologies could solve the cyber-security talent shortage by attracting gamers for whom cyber-security is not currently on the radar.

How your business can survive the cyber-security skills crisis

More than two thirds of companies struggle to recruit the staff necessary to defend themselves; the Center for Cyber Safety and Education suggests a workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. What can be done asks Jay Coley.

Closing the skills gap to secure the future - invest in people

Doug Wylie says organisations must invest in security skills now, to secure their systems for their future, noting companies have invested in tech for a workforce not trained how to securely operate and maintain these systems.

The drive for more skills, greater professionalism and better balance

Piers Wilson, director of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) looks at the people challenges for an industry in the spotlight

Diversity charity a memorial to Cyber Security Challenge's Stephanie Daman

Nigel Harrison, acting CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge launched the Cyber Challenge Foundation charity in memory of former CEO Stephanie Daman to further her work encouraging diversity in the sector's workforce.

Top 10 most desired traits for cybersecurity job candidates

Continuous learner, persistence, curious and perceptive are among the top traits sought by employers when appointing a cyber-security professional as Doug Olenick reports.

The curious case of the missing women in cyber

Rather than promote positive discrimination, we need to promote cyber-security as a gender neutral discipline and advocate for 'positive action' says Naina Bhattacharya, creating positive messaging for diversity and inclusion.

Women of influence in UK cyber security 2017: 20 women to watch

SC Media UK has come up with our list of 20 SC Women of Influence in UK Cyber-Security 2017, selecting from an abundance of talent to promote female cyber-security role models

ICYMI: Spyware; US data law; NSA tools hack; Games DDoS'd; Skills gap

In Case You Missed It: Spyware in 1,000 apps; US global data grab; NSA tools used to hack hotels; Warcraft DDoS'd; Students narrow skills gap

Students offer hope for narrowing of skills gap in cyber-security

Today's A level results report Maths as the most popular A level with maths and further maths having nearly 25 percent more entries than in 2010 - bodes well to narrow skills gap - but concerns remain and alternatives touted.

Effective incident response: not as easy as it seems!

Given shortages of skilled staff, Ryan Benson says we need to change processes or adopting new technologies then get better at managing data at scale, at automating the tasks that slow down analysts.

ICYMI: Skills gap? Mirai; GDPR; £14.5m centre; ApplePay vulnerable

In Case You Missed It: Skills gap real? Mirai hits DT; GDPR ignored; £14.5m cyber-centre; ApplePay vulnerable to two threats

Is there really a cyber-skills gap or is it just a marketing ploy to sell certs?

As the government heavily invests in supplying enough staff into the cyber-security industry to keep everyone safe, one question remains: are we trying to solve the wrong problem?

GCSE computing exam entrants falls, infosec job recruitment in trouble

The new GCSE was meant to have provided pupils skills for the future, but no one is doing the course, where did we go wrong?

ICYMI: SC Awards, iPhone hack, Trump's $1.5bn, skills gap, Ubiquiti flaw

In Case You Missed It: SC Awards Finalists; 200 m icloud accounts breached; Trump cybersec spend; overcoming skills gap; ubiquity flaw

UK digital jobs growth brings cyber-skills shortage front and centre

The UK now has 1.64 million digital tech jobs, the increase is set to bring the current cyber-skills shortage front and centre.

Women represent just 7% of European cyber-security workforce

Proportion of female cyber-security workers in Europe among lowest in the world; while gender pay gap is the highest as female cyber-professionals earn approximately 15 percent less than men.

Why it's vital to galvanise a new generation of cyber-security pros

Adrian Adair explains why the future of stopping cyber-crime lies in the ability to inspire a wealth of new cyber-security personnel.

UK approaching skills 'cliff edge' as cyber workforce ages - report

As world faces shortage of cyber-security experts, the UK is faced with a rapidly ageing workforce, leading to prospect of workers retiring faster than new ones can be hired.