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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Piers Wilson, director of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) looks at the people challenges for an industry in the spotlight
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.
Continuous learner, persistence, curious and perceptive are among the top traits sought by employers when appointing a cyber-security professional as Doug Olenick reports.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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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?
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?
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The UK now has 1.64 million digital tech jobs, the increase is set to bring the current cyber-skills shortage front and centre.
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.
Adrian Adair explains why the future of stopping cyber-crime lies in the ability to inspire a wealth of new cyber-security personnel.
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.
Given the widely publicised skill shortages, it should come as no surprise to find no unemployment in cyber security.
Nik Whitfield says before you worry about whether you have enough people with the right skills, worry about how people who have the most skills are spending their time - and why.
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According to a recent government report, the UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017.
The Commons Science and Technology Committee reports that by 2017, the UK will need 745,000 more workers with digital skills and warns that organisations lacking the necessary digital skills face increased security threats and failed cloud migrations if the problem is not addressed.
Haymarket and SC Magazine launch SC Jobs - a new job site dedicated to information security professionals.