Addressing the Cyber Security Skill Gap

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Addressing the Cyber Security Skill Gap

A recent report shows that 48% of UK companies do not have adequate cyber security for staff working remotely, and less than 1% of UK technology professionals possess the most in demand cyber skills.

A high proportion of UK businesses lack staff with the technical capabilities and skills required for effective incident response and governance, with only 24% of businesses investing in their cyber security. What is causing this skill gap, and what can businesses do to circumvent the issue? We were recently joined by Philip Wright (Head of Security at Auden), Jon Lomas (PM for Cyber Foundry through Lancaster University), and Theo Johnson (Cyber Analyst at Auden) to find out more.

The Current Landscape in Cyber Security

Whilst cyber security now accounts for over 5% of technology vacancies (risen from 3.5% in 2018), there is still a talent shortage of approximately 140,000 across Europe. Currently, the top four in demand roles are: 

  1. Security Operations Centre (SOC)
  2. Security Engineers
  3. Security Awareness Manager
  4. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

In the past 3 years 68% of businesses have tried to recruit cyber professionals, but a 2020 report still shows that 48% of businesses have a basic skill gap, 30% have a more advanced skill gap, and 27% have skill gaps in incident response. Read more about what this means in the full whitepaper by requesting it directly.

The most common barrier to recruiting cyber professionals was that in 43% of cases applicants lacked technical skills or knowledge.

Diversity in Cyber Security

The technology sector is largely male dominated, and cyber security is no exception. In fact, it falls behind other digital sectors in the D&I space, and has done relatively little to adapt and improve their recruitment practices to appeal to attract a more diverse workforce.

  • 15% of the workforce are female (compared to 28% in the wider digital sector)

  • 16% come from an ethnic minority background (compared to 17% in the wider digital sector)

Causes of the Cyber Security Skill Gap

Some of the biggest causes of the cyber skill gap and the difficulty in recruiting in the space are actionable:

  • Poorly written job adverts that are unreasonable and unrealistic
  • Unwillingness to train junior staff
  • Reluctance to engage in apprenticeship and graduate schemes
  • Failure to provide clear progression pathways
  • Highly competitive market due to limited talent pool

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Find out more about practical solutions you can implement into your business which will widen the talent pool and make the cyber recruitment process easier, by dropping me a message to request the full whitepaper which covers the above in more detail as well as guidance on adapting and improving your hiring practices. 

Additionally, for help with salary banding, market insights, job seekers advice, and support identifying top cyber talent, drop me a message on LinkedIn or email for more information.