Cybersecurity Skills Gaps Compounding Vulnerabilities
The adversaries are getting smarter, while the use of cloud and SAAS-based systems are making protection of data even that more complex. Additionally, ‘zero-day’ attacks are creating data breaches at alarming rates across an unprepared, global marketplace. These large-scale breaches continue to erode consumer and investor confidence and the threat appears to be worsening, as reports of threats to critical infrastructure industries, including energy, finance, and transportation can have profound national security implications. And to make matters even more difficult, organizations struggle with having the talent to address their cyber security vulnerabilities, given the 1.8 million in predicted shortage of cyber personnel in 2022, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Invest in a Culture of Cybersecurity Responsibility
One of the greatest concerns of public and private sector leaders in an age of system vulnerability is Trust. Trust is at the center of most transactions; without it, commerce comes to a halt. As a result, a people-first, technology-enabled, approach to mitigating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is a growing trend to protect this critical nucleus of commerce. Major General Dale Meyerrose – first Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed CIO for ODNI – succinctly stated, “Cybersecurity is what you do – not something that you buy.” Many organizations are now infusing the responsibility of security awareness and critical thinking into the non-technical culture of the organization – business, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources and operations. A first step in this cultural transition is asking the right questions.