Talented cybersecurity professionals have always been hard to come by—but these days, as hackers get more sophisticated and cybersecurity threats become more frequent, the need for top talent is even more pronounced. This article by MIT Technology Review explores why executives fear their organizations are ill equipped to prevent, detect, and respond to cyberattacks and how it relates to shortage of in-house cybersecurity skills.
Read the complete article here: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601537/close-the-talent-gap-secure-the-future/
How can organizations address the talent shortage challenge?
1. Develop a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Team
Businesses need to focus on developing resilient cyber-environments with security teams that are intelligent, adaptable, and responsive. This can often mean that a company is faced with the need to compete with other top employers by offering a premium salary and benefits package.
Meeting this type of in-house demand can be expensive and often prohibitive for many small and mid-sized businesses. In order to close this skills gap, many organizations will often look outside their operation to partner with outsourced IT firms to meet growing IT infrastructure and security needs.
2. Enhance Cybersecurity Career Opportunities
While there is no question that it is difficult to find skilled IT security and technology experts in today’s workforce, the challenges go well beyond the initial recruiting stage. Businesses have a hard time holding on to top talent because they often neglect to offer ambitious professionals a clear path to future growth and success.
If your business is looking to recruit and retain top talent, consider offering a lucrative, direct path to a coveted executive position to the professionals you’d like to have on your team over the long term.
3. Explore Outsourcing to Fill Employment Gaps
With the expansion of technology and the ever-evolving cybersecurity threats that businesses are forced to deal with on a daily basis, the struggle to find and retain top IT security talent is unlikely to ease anytime soon. Consider outsourcing your IT Security needs to a reputable Managed Security Service Provider to expand upon your current in-house capabilities.
4. Consider Automation and Collaboration to Help Leverage and Scale Existing Talent
Automation and collaboration are effective, industry-proven methods that will enhance the capabilities of your current in-house team over the long-term.
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