Can closing the cybersecurity skills gap change the world?

As cyber-attacks continue to grow at an exponential rate, entire infrastructures in countries access the world, as well as human wellbeing, are at risk. Given that more of everyday life has been digitally transformed, critical resources which rely on larger power grids or supply chains, such as public services, healthcare, energy, and transportation, would cause greater chaos if they were to be victims of a cyber-attack. 

According to the 2021 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, there is a cybersecurity workforce gap of more than 2,72 million positions. While this number is decreasing, it is not enough. The global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 65% to be able to effectively defend critical assets. However, no one organisation, institution or government can remedy this. Consistent, active participation and partnerships between industry, academics, and governments, will be the difference in deterring and diminishing cyber threats and defence for resources that are under threat. 

While there are many solutions and pathways to minimise and close the skills gap, it must be done in a sustainable way. This requires a shift in the mindset of hiring managers and HR management, from hiring more people today to nurturing new talent over the long term. An important element of this mindset shift is to also ensure that the skills gap is being filled in an inclusive way, to include people from diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences. 

Read the full article from the World Economic Forum here

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