Is Talent The Cure To Our Global Security Illness?

Why businesses need to step up their efforts to address the looming skills gap


It’s no secret that the UK tech sector has been trying to find the secret ingredient to plug the talent gap, where demand for digital skills has clearly outstripped supply. As a result, businesses are now on the hunt for 'digital natives' to bridge this gap. One recent report found that over 90% of financial services companies are struggling to find suitable talent, and it’s their biggest current concern. According to the report, Generation Y lack the necessary experience, technical expertise and influence.

In a post-Brexit world, Europe’s powers are vying to replace London as Europe’s Silicon Valley and the capital faces a growing threat to remain an attractive option for 'digital natives' in a bid to lead on the digital transformation platform. The WannaCry cyber attack served as a sharp wake-up call for businesses, highlighting their unpreparedness, and a host of other attacks have added to the sense of urgency among businesses. I risk sounding like a broken record, but talent is the running theme here. Businesses across the globe are exposed, and as tech leaders, it’s our responsibility to nurture talent and engage with new workforces.

Employees are now often on the front line of security attacks, but they’re being sent into battle blind. In reality, many employees are having to learn on the job, effectively waiting for an attack to happen to then learn from the experience retrospectively. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

In the first instance, having an effective, well-thought-out procedure in place with escalating privileged access throughout the organisation can shutdown attacks before they enter the business’s core IT systems. However, with the majority of breaches triggered by exploiting weak or stolen passwords, there needs to be a greater focus on the right talent - from finding specialist security gurus to upskilling all employees on basic security best practice.

For a start, awareness, education and understanding should underpin appropriate access management. We’ve recently stepped up our efforts to address the looming skills gap, expanding our Create Tomorrow programme in Europe and becoming a founding member of the STEM Alliance. Investing in initiatives like these is so important if business is serious about tackling the talent shortfall and being a driving force in the post-Brexit economy. Talent is the vital ingredient in a world where the next cyber-attack is only just around the corner, so let’s take the time to work with the next generation of tech talent to create a better tomorrow. 

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