The lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals is a major issue. Globally, the number of unfulfilled cybersecurity roles is stated to be over 1 million! And this number will only keep increasing.
What is the main reason for this great divide between demand and supply? The answer is simple: thanks to human ingenuity, the cyber world, and the world of technology in general, is growing too fast. New technology will always require more security; it is highly unlikely that the importance of security in technology will ever decrease.
As the cyber world grows at the speed of light, the need for its security will only keep increasing, along with the need for more qualified cybersecurity professionals. There is no university or educational institution that can churn out enough candidates at such a fast rate.
The UK tech sector has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, and has established itself as a global tech leader, with much investment being poured into the sector recently. This is causing the cybersecurity market, job space, and salaries to increase at a rapid pace.
So, what could be the solution for the lack of cybersecurity professionals? There seems to be no current easy answer, but we need to try and find a solution.
Several organisations in the UK are now working alongside schools to bring in programs that introduce the world of cybersecurity to students at a young age, hoping to capture their hearts and minds early on. Others, including Gemserv*, offer internship positions in Information Security for graduates straight out of university, to help students hit the floor running, thus helping them gain valuable field experience.
So, what are the general traits it takes to be a cybersecurity professional?
- You need to have a passion for the subject – if you love it, you will follow it!
- You need to be willing to learn daily – something new always comes up. Institutions that seek to hire qualified personnel usually prefer people who have received relevant certifications from organisations such as ISC2 and ISACA. Constant learning is key in this field!
- You need to be quick to learn – if you wait for someone else to teach you, you are already behind.
Working in cybersecurity is exciting and challenging at the same time. You need to strive to be one step ahead of a cyber attacker, have a lot of new information in your head on a daily basis, constantly keeping track of trends and changes, and always keep scanning the horizon to see where the next cyber threat could come from. At the same time, you need to keep improving your existing processes to ensure that your bases are covered, and assets are kept safe. You need to be on your toes all day long, sometimes weekends included!
Students and professionals seeking a career in cybersecurity will be glad to know that the field itself is extremely vast, and that diverse roles exist within a very wide spectrum. This includes technical hands-on roles on one end, management and senior leadership roles at the other, and many more roles in the middle. Hence it is important to analyse your personal preferences, interests, and skills in order to choose a suitable career in the field of cybersecurity.
Living as a cybersecurity professional is to live on the edge…….everyday, your world changes!
So, are there any takers?
*The Gemserv Information Security team consists of seasoned professionals that have been offering expert advice and awareness training in ISO standards, PCI, and GDPR to their clients for several years. Gemserv’s expert pool of consultants also make an ideal learning environment for newbies willing to cut their teeth in security.
If you are interested in finding more about Gemserv and potentially working with us please contact us via the links below.