Quality Tools Help Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals

Quality Tools Help Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals


Malware and cybercrime continue to grow at alarming rates. Unfortunately, the world-wide shortage of security talent is making it very difficult for organizations to find the resources necessary to defend themselves. Given the lack of available experts, businesses need to do everything they can to leverage the skills and time of their existing security analysts. One of the best ways to do that is to provide them with industry-leading detection and response tools.      

A number of recent studies have shown that the global cyber-security workforce will have 1 to 2 million unfilled jobs by 2018. In the US alone, there are currently over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs open. Unfortunately, the shortfall is expected to get significantly worse, with the global demand for security professionals projected to reach 6 million positions by 2019.

A significant number of colleges and universities have added programs and degrees for cyber-security. This is helping, but not fast enough. Many large enterprises are providing on-the-job training, but most businesses simply don’t have the resources to do that. For those that do, it can be very frustrating as the demand is so high that it’s difficult to retain the very individuals they’ve trained.  All of these efforts help, but it will take many years before we start to see the demand for skilled security experts being met.

The best solution today is to maximize the skills and available time of one’s existing security staff. By implementing the latest malware detection and incident response tools, the analyst’s workload will be greatly reduced. Advanced malware that’s currently being missed by conventional security systems will be automatically detected, removing a huge burden from the security team. Comprehensive incident response information designed to enable junior or even beginning staff members to do advanced security analysis can offload much of the work traditionally done by seasoned security experts. This makes it possible for personnel with only minimal training to become effective cybercrime fighters.

While there is no easy or complete answer to the shortage of security professionals, implementing advanced tools that are specifically designed to work with junior staff members while fully leveraging veterans can really help.

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