The world of cybersecurity is currently facing a significant labor shortage. And that’s a problem with deep impacts.
In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has cited the cybersecurity workforce shortage as a major national security threat. The Washington Post notes that “a shortage of cyber workers is making it more difficult to protect government data from being stolen by adversaries and diminishing their ability to help improve cybersecurity in industries vital to national and economic security.”
(ICS)twoAn international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world through skills-based education and certification, first noted a labor shortage in 2020. The annual study of the organization’s workforce. sought to understand the impact of the pandemic on cybersecurity professionals and revealed the need for more than three million skilled workers.
It hasn’t improved much in the more than two years since that report. A recent report from the Ponemon Institute on the State of Machine Identities delved into the impact of this shortage, revealing that 50% of organizations are understaffed in key functions.
This situation is alarming: without the necessary staff to properly analyze, detect and remediate security-related incidents, breaches are inevitable. And although the industry is well aware of the situation and taking great strides to fill the staffing gapIncidents are increasing at such a rapid rate that we have reached the point where it is almost impossible to simply add more people to provide the necessary coverage.
Fortunately, the future is not entirely bleak. We still need to focus on solving labor shortages, but it’s also imperative that organizations adopt technologies that can help their existing cybersecurity teams work more efficiently. These technologies can go a long way toward solving the challenges we face today.
The most immediate impact you can have on improving cybersecurity efforts in your organization is make your existing equipment more efficient. Here’s a look at three ways you can do it today:
1) Replace manual work with automation
The most often overlooked way to turn the efficiency curve is to find and eliminate manual processes in favor of automation.
In particular, many cybersecurity teams waste hours on operational tasks that could easily be automated. Beyond saving time, automation can also have other positive business impacts, as it can alleviate the risks associated with misconfiguration due to human error.
While automation requires investment in technology, it is a huge win for organizations that can regain lost efficiency, which has a direct financial benefit in a tight job market.
2) Move to the cloud with managed service providers
Using managed cloud service providers to run security infrastructure is an immediate win for most organizations.
In this case, moving to the cloud is no longer about downsizing. Rather, it is about taking a highly skilled workforce and reallocating it to produce a higher level of security for the business.
Teams that take this approach can reallocate key specialized cybersecurity operations staff time (which has now been outsourced to outside experts) to focus on critical cybersecurity functions. Once they do, these teams typically see an almost immediate reduction in the operational overhead required to run specific systems.
3) Prioritize retention among your current cybersecurity team
It goes without saying that prioritizing retention among existing team members is one of the most critical things companies can do in the tight cybersecurity job market, as replacing a lost cybersecurity professional will be extremely difficult and costly for your company. business.
It takes a lot to prioritize retention, but there are certain steps you can take that will benefit everyone. Consider the two tips above: Making changes to eliminate repetitive, manual processes and engage your existing team with the challenges of keeping the business safe from attack rather than bogging them down in the day-to-day operations of the security infrastructure will certainly lead to a happier, more committed and more efficient team.
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