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Danger, Danger: Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

Published: March 18, 2020

You might think the biggest cybersecurity threats are hackers and viruses. But it’s not. It’s actually the lack of trained IT professionals. Around the world there’s a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.1 And this workplace shortfall means hackers can find vulnerabilities in a company’s—or even a country’s—IT infrastructure.

Cybersecurity Gap Causes Innovation Slow Down

In a perfect world, the more technology advances, the more innovative people could be. But that’s not always the case. The move towards automation and the Internet of Things (the digital connection between computing devices that allows for the remote use of everyday objects—like the ability to turn on a home security system from anywhere) makes simple transactions as convenient as possible. But because the workforce can’t keep up with this kind of usage, this move is also an opportunity for dangerous cyberattacks. Worldwide cyber risks could slow the pace of innovation by as much as $3 trillion in lost economic value in 2020.2

Cybersecurity Gap Costs Money

Cybersecurity attacks cost billions of dollars every year.3 And while there probably aren’t any companies that are completely safe from attack, they shouldn’t wait to defend themselves from cyberthreats. They need systems in place and people who know what to do to prevent attacks. Luckily some businesses already get the importance of hiring trained cybersecurity professionals. Look at the banking industry, for example. Because banks are such large targets and protect not only peoples’ money but also their private information, five large banks have committed to over $1.5 billion in cybersecurity investments.2 The money will help them build out their defense systems and hire and recruit trained cybersecurity personnel.

Could the Cybersecurity Gap Affect Our Democracy?

There is evidence of attempted foreign interference in the 2016 election in all 50 states.4 Without the proper cybersecurity infrastructure in place, our very Democracy could be at risk! And it’s not just old equipment. To properly run an election, you need good equipment and people who know how to run it and protect it from attacks. You’ll need to know:

  • Attack mitigation: strategy to safeguard networks, servers, and applications that minimize cyberthreats and attacks.
  • Secure software development: the process by which software code has built in applications that ensure a high level of security.
  • Intrusion Detection: system that monitors suspicious behavior and alerts users and networks of malicious activity.

Can You Help Fill the Cybersecurity Gap?

Smart organizations will look to hire professionals who can embrace a persona more so than a set of specific tasks or responsibilities. If you want to stand out, consider one of these cybersecurity personas:

  • Strategist: provides cybersecurity management, direction, and ethical impact
  • Advisor: advises on the concept, design, and/or building of secure networks and systems
  • Defender: supports, administers, and maintains the security of systems, data, and networks
  • Firefighter: identifies, analyzes, and mitigates threats to internal systems, data, and networks
  • Hacker: conducts specialized threat detection and deception activities to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks
  • Scientist: performs specialized analysis of threat intelligence and data science
  • Sleuth: Investigates cybersecurity events and crimes

Which one sounds like you?

Closing the Cybersecurity Gap

“Closing the cyber risk gap and enabling organizations to capture the full promise and value of new tech, defines an opportunity that we have right now,” says Robert Chubbuck, IT security professional with mover 25-years of experience.2

Chubbuck says that the workforce gap is a problem that can quickly be turned into a solution to your benefit. With the right training and the right knowledge, you can become a capable IT professional. Charter College offers IT programs taught by experienced professionals who have the knowledge, the skill, and the passion to help you reach your goals. Reach out to Charter College today to get started on the path to a new career in the field of IT.


1 https://www.isc2.org/-/media/ISC2/Research/2018-ISC2-Cybersecurity-Workforce-Study.ashx?la=en&hash=4E09681D0FB51698D9BA6BF13EEABFA48BD17DB0\h

2 http://s647483208.onlinehome.us/online/webinarII/cyber/I/CybersecI.html

3 https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/90493-cyber-attacks-cost-45-billion-in-2018

4 https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2019/08/15/states-and-localities-are-on-the-front-lines-of-election-security/