Attitudes towards security continue to harden--with terrorism, geopolitical uncertainty and cyber threats now joining over-regulation in the top four threats to business growth prospects in PwC's 2018 CEO survey. This shift is reflected by the language now used publicly--by government and business leaders alike--as highlighted by the UK Defence Minister recently confirming that sponsored cyber-attacks on the UK's infrastructure could cause economic chaos. But after endemic under-investment in skills development for over a decade, Paul German, CEO, Certes Networks, explains it is time for a significant change in approach to safeguard business.
Supply versus Demand
Organisations now recognise the need to invest heavily in security. Yet when day rates for cyber security experts hit 1,400 [pounds sterling], the industry clearly has a massive problem regarding supply and demand. And while it is fair to say that the escalation in cyber threats has created an unprecedented need for individuals with skills, talent and experience, it is chronic under-investment in training and education that is at the heart of the skills shortage problem.
The UK used to lead the world in cyber security expertise. Now, Government representatives are travelling to countries across the globe--including some that are flagged as 'questionable' by our security services--in the hope of attracting essential start up expertise and skills. And with the proposed National College of Cyber Security sited at Bletchley Park now not likely to open before 2019, home grown talent is simply not being developed.
So what has gone wrong? The ramifications of the massive spike in outsourcing a decade ago are now being felt. When huge swathes of technical experts were 'TUPE'd' across from public sector to private sector organisations, a history of training, education and skills development was lost. These individuals are now leaving the industry in swathes and their skills have never been replaced. The result is escalating demand and a pool of resources that continues to shrink by the day.
There are so many flaws in the current model. The industry is frankly appalling at selling itself; at inspiring the next generation by demonstrating that IT can be an exciting...