The news last week of a Russian hacker ring compiling over a billion Internet credentials from over 400,000 websites thrust the need for quality IT security back into the limelight. However, combating a breach like this is becoming a larger challenge for all companies.
Recently, a report was released from Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy titled "Professionalizing Cybersecurity: A path to universal standards and status." The goal of the report was to shed some light on the growing need for quality IT security professionals and the gap that has been created between supply and demand.
According to the study, the demand for cybersecurity skills has increased at an exponential rate. The problem is that the education, training and certification processes that are needed to get individuals ready for a career have failed to keep up. The result is decentralized standards and under-trained candidates. This creates a shortage in the number of individuals who can operate and support features already in place design secure systems, write safe computer code, manage secure infrastructure and successfully deal with the aftermath of an attack.
"While technology is certainly important to this effort, there must be an increased focus on people," the report reads. "No matter how good any particular technology may be, its efficacy is limited if it is not effectively adopted and implemented by management teams and correctly used by skilled employees who follow well-defined processes."
Instead of trying to hire internal personal, more companies are relying on VARs and MSPs that specialize in IT security. VAR Staffing helps these solution providers identify and recruit impactful talent that is required to remain at the top of their field.