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12 April 2024 | Posted by angela.tuduri

Cybersecurity Professional Gap | Global Challenge

Cybersecurity is a field that plays a crucial role in data protection and digital security.

Today's digital landscape presents a new challenge: the demand for cybersecurity professionals far exceeds the available supply, and it is estimated that by 2024, the global gap will reach 3.4 million unfilled positions.  

In this article, we analyze the professional gap in the cybersecurity sector, exploring its causes, consequences and possible solutions. Read on! 

A changing landscape | The importance of a robust workforce  

Cyber threats and cyber-attacks have increased at a dizzying pace. Increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals are using more complex techniques and tools to breach the security systems of companies and institutions. Ransomware attacks, data breaches and cyber espionage are just a few examples of the dangers surrounding the digital world.

Despite their vital importance, we are faced with a contradiction: the demand for cybersecurity professionals far exceeds the available supply, creating a professional gap that represents a growing challenge for the security of our societies.  

In this context, having a robust and highly trained cybersecurity workforce is critical to protect critical infrastructure, sensitive data and the privacy of citizens. Cybersecurity professionals are responsible for detecting, preventing and responding to cyber threats, acting as a crucial line of defense in protecting the digital world. 

How do we address the professional gap in the cybersecurity sector?  

To address the problem, joint actions are required to encourage the creation and inclusion of such profiles in the educational field. How?  

  • Boosting training: Encouraging the creation of specialized and accessible educational programs.  

  • Promoting diversity: Implementing initiatives that attract and retain women and minority groups.  

  • Visibilizing the profession: Publicizing the opportunities and benefits of a career in cybersecurity. 

Ideal profile: Requirements and strengths  

  • Strong technical knowledge: Cybersecurity professionals must have a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of computer security, as well as the technologies and tools used to protect systems and data.  

  • Ability to identify and manage risks: It is imperative that cybersecurity professionals identify and assess security risks effectively, as well as develop and implement strategies to mitigate these risks.  

  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills: The ability to analyze data, detect patterns, and solve problems effectively are also critical skills in the cybersecurity field.  

  • Adaptability: Since cybersecurity is constantly evolving, professionals will need to adapt quickly to changes and learn new skills and technologies if needed in the industry.  

  • Professional ethics: Integrity and professional ethics are essential qualities in the cybersecurity field, where trust and confidentiality become fundamental aspects. 

Examples of real-life cybersecurity strategies  

IBM  

IBM is a leading technology company that is already implementing cybersecurity strategies to address the cybersecurity career gap. The company has developed a cybersecurity training program in collaboration with universities and colleges to attract more students to this area.  

In addition, IBM has also implemented a training and scholarship program for students interested in cybersecurity, promoting diversity in its cybersecurity team.  

Google  

Google is another company that has already implemented an effective cybersecurity strategy to address the career gap. It offers training and development programs for its existing staff, and has collaborated with universities to develop educational programs in cybersecurity.  

In addition, Google has also implemented advanced technology in its cybersecurity team to improve efficiency and threat detection. 

Promoting training in Cybersecurity | La Salle-URL  

Cybersecurity leads the current business needs to improve digital transformation processes. Getting to a connected and secure environment is the next big challenge for professionals in the technology and ICT sector.  

With the Master's Degree in Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Management of La Salle-URL you will be prepared to generate and implement information security policies to achieve business objectives. 

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