After the rise the cyberattacks in 2020 and on-going attacks today, the cybersecurity industry needs millions of new talent to properly protect and defend organizations. Although this skills gap has been around for years, it has become a topic of conversation most recently given the rise in attacks, especially at financial institutions, and the lack of trained professionals.
One way organizations are trying to tackle the skills gap is by pairing artificial intelligence (AI) with security professionals. Security professionals can use AI to help detect and rely on this technology when there is a lack of staff.
Another way to help bridge the skills gap is by scouting, hiring, and training people with the interest and skill set in cybersecurity, rather than relying solely on university degrees and academic backgrounds.
Lastly, bridging the gap isn't just about increasing the number of people, but increasing the diversity in the field too. For example, women make up only 20% of the cybersecurity workforce and nearly two-thirds are paid less than their male counterparts.
AI, machine learning and other security software might make companies more efficient, but at the end of the day, it’s the people who make the critical security decisions.
Every organization's level of exposure, cybersecurity expertise on staff and ability to spend on defenses, is different so the stress levels depend but could be very high given the cybersecurity attacks. Here's what cybersecurity experts and incident response professionals say about how to deal with that stress: