The cyber security industry is still relatively new, and more young professionals are entering the field as a response to growing threats in the technology sector. However, most individuals entering this line of work lack the business experience needed to complement their technological knowledge. There is concern that there is a "missing generation." That those with necessary business experience in leadership roles don't understand modern technology the way their younger counterparts do, and the generation of workers with appropriate knowledge are in no position to assume leadership roles in the business sector.
An article in SC Magazine addressed this issue, stating that the cyber security skills gap may be one of the leading causes of breaches and other security concerns that have dominated national headlines in recent years.
"The lack of qualified security talent leads to ripple effects throughout the industry and economy," writes Candy Alexander, senior GRC consultant, Towerwall, and author of the article. "There is a proven link between a weak security posture and lack of security expertise within an organization. Today, the lack of cyber security talent can be an organization's biggest vulnerability, exposing it to serious risk, and is even more dangerous than technology vulnerabilities. The lack of talent may even lead to inhibited economic growth."
To ensure economic growth and long-term financial viability across the business landscape, organizations must find those with the right skills, knowledge and experience to fulfill their security needs. VARs and MSPs must also find these individuals, as they will be trusted to solve IT security problems from an outsourced position. VAR Staffing can help identify and recruit these people.