DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., January 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Organizations need to adopt a multi-pronged approach involving new strategies and tactics to address the growing global shortage of cybersecurity professionals, according to CompTIA, the nonprofit association for industry and information technology (IT) workforce.
The global cyber workforce was among the issues discussed at the recent Cyber Future Dialogue 2023 in Davos, Switzerland. Gordon PelosseSenior Vice President, Employer Engagement, CompTIA, was among dozens of executives who attended the conference.
“The cybersecurity workforce problem is real and felt globally,” Pelosse said. “Every company is looking for talent, knowledge and solutions in an ever-changing environment.”
“The cyber workforce discussion has generated a wide range of views; from there, nothing can be done to let technology solve the problem,” Pelosse continued. “This view is wishful thinking, hoping that one day we can automate our way out of this talent shortage. Automation is promising, but requires human reasoning, strategic decision-making, design, support and an intervention to address many of the evolving attacks we see today.”
Creating a multi-faceted approach to building or developing a cybersecurity workforce requires organizations to merge current practices with new thinking. The quickest fix is to look at the tech talent they already employ.
“If you have skilled and experienced network administrators and engineers, system administrators, or others who understand the fundamentals of computing and networking, developing those people in cybersecurity roles can be the best immediate solution to fill these positions,” said Pelosse.
Employers also need to broaden the pool of candidates they are ready to hire. While college is a great choice for many people, it’s not for everyone.
“Boot camps, technical training courses, self-paced study, industry certifications and other methods can produce excellent candidates for cybersecurity roles and other technology positions without the need an advanced university degree,” noted Pelosse.
CompTIA’s latest “State of Cybersecurity” report revealed that the overall state of cybersecurity is progressing relatively slowly. Especially in more developed regions, few people believe that a dramatic improvement is underway. In most cases, almost the same percentage of people think the situation is getting worse. Almost everyone thinks there is room for improvement.”
A high degree of cooperation between employers, industries, education and training organizations and others is needed to meet these challenges.
“With its global presence and tradition of facilitating collaborative solutions to common problems, CompTIA is uniquely positioned to address the challenges of the cybersecurity workforce,” Pelosse concluded.
CompTIA offers many resources to support its commitment to building a strong cybersecurity workforce worldwide to help organizations strengthen their cyber defenses, including training programs and certifications for cybersecurity professionals, career information, best practices and guides, research, and the CompTIA Cybersecurity Trustmark, an organizational benchmark for the managed service provider (MSP) community.
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