The Cyber Review: B.C Health Authority, Cybersecurity Skills Gap

February 11, 2021
Written by Farah


1. Gender Diversity Key to Well-Rounded Cybersecurity

Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity is crucial rather than a reactive approach when problems arise. Having a diverse range of perspectives is important and according to Women Who Tech, 66% of companies from the fortune 500 who have 3 or more women in leadership positions found an increase in ROI. By bringing more women into the industry brings new perspectives and diversifies strategies.

Despite being a minority, women bring new approaches, ideas, and identify gaps and demands in the market based on their own experiences too as consumers.

2. B.C. health authority isn’t effectively managing cybersecurity threat on medical devices, audit finds

A recent report from the B.C auditor general’s office found that thousands of medical devices such as MRIs to infusion pumps did not have effective cybersecurity measures. Healthcare has been prone to attacks and has seen an increase in cyber attacks lately so it’s absolutely necessary to protect these devices. In addition, the report found that the authority did not scan for all cybersecurity risks and issues either.

The audit recommended that the authority evaluate the cybersecurity risks, take action, and identify all hardware and software on its medical device networks.

“Health-care organizations are key targets for attackers because health information is so sensitive,” says the 27-page audit. “A successful cyberattack on network medical devices could harm patients and significantly disrupt hospital operations.”

3. Hiring Cloud Experts, Despite the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The skill gap is defined as “the difference between the number of skilled professionals that organizations need to protect their critical assets and the actual capacity available to take on this work. It is not an estimate of open positions available to applicants.”

The pandemic has shown why we need to decrease the cybersecurity skill gap and have more entry level positions so employees can handle all sorts of tasks. The need for IT and cybersecurity experts was needed more than ever when the rapid shift to remote work happened last year and the need is still prevalent today as new cyber threats and risks have arised.