Report shows cybersecurity skills gap is a concern in Asia

Report shows cybersecurity skills gap is a concern in Asia
"Malaysia has recorded a need for 20,000 professionals in the cyber security workforce by 2025," emblematic of the enormous shortage of cybersecurity skills in the country and in the region.

(L-R) Dickson Woo, Country Manager, Fortinet Malaysia; Peerapong Jongvibool, Fortinet Vice President for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong; Vishak Raman, Fortinet Vice President of Sales for SAARC and Southeast Asia; and Rashish Pandey, vice president of marketing and communications for Fortinet Asia.

  • Lack of in-house and in-demand cybersecurity skills and implementation experience have been identified as crucial barriers to ramping up advanced cyber defense infrastructure in key Asia Pacific.
  • 89% of organizations across Asia have boards of directors that are acutely aware of cybersecurity concerns, amid a rising tide of costly breaches and resulting reputational damage.
  • The Fortinet Skills Gap Report found that an overwhelming 97% of IT and cybersecurity leaders believe technology-oriented certifications have a positive impact on their role and their team, while 86% of leaders prefer hire people with certifications.

Lack of in-house and in-demand cybersecurity skills and implementation expertise have been identified as crucial barriers to ramping up advanced cyber defense infrastructure in key Asia Pacific (APAC) markets, according to new research from leading cybersecurity solutions specialists. integrated and automated, Fortinet. .

global 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report Learn how a growing cybersecurity skills shortage in the region continues to have widespread repercussions for businesses in the region, where harmful cyber threats continue to present a broad threat surface for private and public sector organizations.

Email phishing, ransomware, and embedded malicious code targeting endpoints and connected systems, both online and offline, are causing problems for unprepared workforces and leading to threatening new data breach incidents in APAC, leading to increasing losses and thus costly solutions for IT. security equipments

With a trusted Cybersecurity Certification (ISC) grouptwo‘s Cyber ​​Workforce Report noting that APAC has the largest regional workforce gap of 1.42 million, Fortinet’s own study of more than 110 IT and cybersecurity decision makers from countries including Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia has illustrated how training and certifications can help APAC. Enterprises gain firmer control of their cybersecurity readiness as businesses continue to seek rapid digitization in efforts to capture the changing online demands of local consumers and partner ecosystems.

The survey already highlighted how 89% of organizations in Asia have a board of directors that is acutely aware of cybersecurity concerns, amid a rising tide of costly breaches and resulting reputational damage.

The Fortinet Skills Gap Report found that an overwhelming 97% of IT and cybersecurity leaders believe technology-oriented certifications have a positive impact on their role and their team, while 86% of leaders prefer hire people with certifications. Certifications that align with the latest national advisories and security frameworks such as the Malaysian Cyber ​​Security Strategy 2020-2024 plan from the country’s National Cyber ​​Security Agency (NACSA), which recognizes the need for skills training every time better in the face of a serious fault. of regional awareness of cyber security skills, explain why 89% of informed respondents are even willing to pay for employees to achieve desired cyber certifications.

In addition to training security professionals with the appropriate corresponding certifications, a whopping 93% of respondents said they have implemented a training program to increase cyber awareness, but more than half of decision makers (51% ) thinks that their staff still lacks the necessary knowledge. This calls into question the effectiveness of current security awareness training programs.

“To close the skills gap, it is also crucial that organizations commit to ongoing training and retraining, to develop a diverse pool of cybersecurity professionals who can help protect Malaysian businesses against sophisticated and destructive attacks,” said Dickson Woo, country manager. for Fortinet Malaysia, while at the Fortinet Accelerate Asia 2022 roadshow in Kuala Lumpur.

Fortinet’s research further highlighted the difficult challenges Malaysian and Asian enterprises face in fulfilling critical security roles regionally, with Fortinet Asia VP of Marketing and Communications Rashish Pandey noting that SOC analysts were the most sought after job description, but by no means the only one, with the demand for others such as cloud security specialists also on the rise.

Hiring challenges for key positions are even more pronounced thanks to problems with hiring a more diverse crop of talent. Across the region, 76% of boardroom leaders view hiring new talent as the number one barrier to hiring, closely followed by the challenges of hiring women for security roles at 75%.

Interestingly, regional organizations are catching on to the global trend of creating more diverse workforces, with a skyrocketing 90% of Asian companies expressing diversity hiring commitments for the first time: three out of four companies have policies fixed to increase the hiring of women. , and just over half (59%) have strategies for hiring minorities.

Malaysia Country Manager Dickson Woo Source: Fortinet Malaysia

Regionally and in individual countries, Fortinet also continues to increase hiring across all major functions to meet customer build demands. In Malaysia, the cybersecurity solutions specialist moved into expanded facilities and increased the hiring of data security analysts, application security engineers and compliance managers to complement the expansion of its systems engineering and technical support teams. robust FortiGuard threat detection and analysis labs.

At its new location, the solutions provider is building dedicated training spaces to upskill and re-skill workers, in response to the significant cybersecurity skills gap affecting Malaysian businesses. Fortinet has also delivered on its commitment to train one million people around the world in cybersecurity skills over the next five years, with its Training Promotion Agenda (TAA)The Fortinet Training Institute also provides training and certification through the Network Security Expert (NSE) Certification, Academic PartnerY educational outreach programs

“Malaysia has recorded a need for 20,000 cybersecurity workforce professionals by 2025. Our collaboration with Malaysian academia and industry partners to provide training and certifications is critical to such efforts and strengthens our commitment to shaping the next generation of cybersecurity talent in the country. Woo explained.

“Furthermore, improving the urgency of local organizations to hire a diverse pool of professionals is very important, especially in our industry, to prevent talent from leaking out at the expense of business results,” he said.





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