A report has revealed that countries and companies must act quickly to address the cyber security skills shortage through education, workforce diversity and training.
According to a report by Intel Security only 14% of UK IT decision-makers believe the education system fully prepares professionals for the cyber security industry.
The study launched in partnership with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and said that this is underlined by the fact that 75% of UK IT experts say there is a cyber security shortage.
As a direct result of this shortage, 32% of enterprises claim they are unable to maintain an adequate staff of cyber security professionals and 22% believe they are targeted by attackers because they know the company’s cyber security is not strong enough.
Last year 209,000 cyber security jobs went unfilled in the US alone, and even though a quarter of respondents confirmed their organisation had lost proprietary data due to their cyber security skills gap, there are no signs of the workforce shortage reducing in the near term.
The report said that the increase in cloud, mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as advanced targeted cyber attacks and cyber terrorism enhances the need for a stronger cyber security workforce.
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