Strategies to Overcome the Cyber Security Talent Gap

Cyber Security

The cyber security talent shortage is one of the most significant challenges faced by enterprises to secure their tech stack from cyber threats.

As the cybercrime industry is becoming even more sophisticated with the easy availability of cybercrime as a service, it has become quite challenging to secure the Enterprise tech stack of global businesses from various cyber threats and vulnerabilities. There is tremendous demand for highly skilled SecOps resources to protect the IT infrastructure from full-blown cyber-attacks. Furthermore,

The cyber security talent gap adds to the business challenges of effectively securing their network infrastructure from risks.

According to a recent report released by Fortinet titled “2022 cyber security skills gap,” 80% of the survey respondents witnessed one or more breaches as a result of a lack of resources and awareness. The report also highlights that nearly 62% of the respondents struggle to hire SecOps talent and 52% find it difficult to retain skilled resources.

Many enterprises are exploring opportunities to minimize the SecOps talent gap by implementing robust technologies. CISOs should consider integrating robust security tools while hiring skilled resources to utilize the solutions effectively. Here are a few ways to overcome the cyber security talent gap:

Look at cyber security as a growth enabler

Businesses globally are embracing digital-first workflows throughout their enterprise to get optimized results. Traditional security tools have become obsolete, and SecOps teams are still evaluating the best practices to secure their enterprise tech stack. Migration to the cloud has resulted in a surge in the application and product development to improve productivity and efficiency. CISOs should consider empowering the DevOps teams with cyber security skillsets to ingrain security measures since the application development phase. Developing DevSecOps teams will help businesses to bridge the talent gap. However, many enterprises look at infrastructure security as a potential obstruction in developing and deploying advanced tools. Rather with the current cybercrime landscape, enterprises should view cyber security as an enabler.

Leverage cyber security as a service

If the malicious actors utilize cybercrime as a service to enhance their capabilities to infiltrate the business network. Then, enterprises can also employ cyber security as a service provider to strengthen the IT infrastructure security posture. According to the same report by Fortinet, nearly 67% of the respondents agree that a lack of skilled SecOps resources increases risks and vulnerabilities to the enterprise tech stack. Many large businesses have outsourced their IT infrastructure security to various vendors and service providers to secure their networks. It is one of the most effective ways to bridge the SecOps talent gap quickly and improve their security posture. Organizations also need to have full-time in-house resources to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities. Collaborating the in-house resource with industry veterans will help to reduce the talent gap.

Also Read: Three Best Practices to Identify Cybercrime in a High-Risk Environment

Integrate automation into the enterprise security tech stack

Many providers that offer security against cyber risks and threats develop tools considering the SecOps teams in mind. It is challenging to implement such tools in complex IT infrastructures like DevSecOps. Cyber security industry veterans should consider shifting the vertical paradigms to develop a comprehensive solution that involves the workflows of all the departments. CISOs can evaluate the entire IT infrastructure to spot all the attack surface areas that can be patched with automation tools. For instance, a robust issue management tool in the cyber security tech stack will help the DevSecOps team to fix a security-related issue. Integrating security testing in CI/CD pipelines will help to streamline the workflows, which will result in a reduced need for many SecOps resources.

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